The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is not only an antisemitic attack on the Jewish state, it is an affront to Christianity, declared Dr. Rubén Proietti, a top Evangelical Christian leader from Argentina during a recent visit to Israel.
In a joint press conference with Jewish settlement leaders in Samaria, Dr. Proietti said that the BDS movement “operates against Christianity and against the Bible.” A number of Christian leaders have assailed efforts to boycott Israel for their underlying denial of the biblical record. BDS and similar movements label the Jews of Israel as “colonizers,” while the Bible makes it clear that this is the God-given homeland of the Jewish people.
Most egregious to Christians is the claim that Jesus was a Palestinian, ignoring the fact that the New Testament records in no uncertain terms that He was a Jew, lived as a Jew, and was crucified as a Jew (the Romans hung a sign above Jesus’ head mockingly calling him “King of the Jews”).
Dr. Proietti went on to call the resettlement of Jews in Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”) a “fulfillment of the vision of the prophets, and every world leader today needs to ask himself if he is going to aid, or to interfere with this fulfillment.”
The mega-pastor was visiting at the invitation of the Parliament for Israel, which was founded to, in the words of its president Yossi Eldar, “connect Latin American countries and parliaments to the Land of Israel, the land of the Bible by bringing leaders from Latin America, establishing lobbies in various parliaments, Jerusalem, influence on UN votes, prayer marches for the State of Israel, and more.”
Eldar called Dr. Proietti’s visit and his powerful statements the beginning of a new era in relations between the State of Israel and the burgeoning Evangelical community in South America.