Friday, February 8, 2019

What Did NGO Monitor Get Wrong About the EAPPI? (Hint: Nothing!) by Dexter Van Zile

...One interesting thought experiment for EAPPI and its supporters to engage in is to ask if they would affiliate with Jewish organizations that openly advocate for the murder of Palestinians because of where they live. If the answer is “no” — and it should be — then the question is why would they affiliate with Palestinians who advocate the murder and expulsion of Jews in the West Bank? Because that’s what EAPPI activists have done and it shows in the rhetoric they use when they return to their home countries from the Holy land.

Dexter Van Zile..
Times of Israel Blog..
06 February '19..

The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), which represents beleaguered Christian communities located in Muslim-majority countries throughout the region, recently came to the defense of the World Council of Churches, accusing an unnamed Zionist group of defaming the organization’s activists who operate in the Holy Land under the aegis of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine Israel (EAPPI).

The communique was issued by the MECC’s executive committee, which met in Lebanon in late January. The communique declared that “participants condemn the unfair and vicious attack on the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Occupied Palestine led by one of the Zionist institutions.”

The level of contempt the MECC has for Israel and Israelis is pretty obvious. The MECC’s executive committee can’t even bring itself to name the organization in question, nor can it even mention the Jewish state — Israel — by name in its communique.

It’s disgusting. It’s as if the bishops and patriarchs in charge of the MECC are taking their cue from Arab extremists in the Middle East who still dream of destroying the “Zionist entity” in their midst. Somebody needs to tell the folks who run the MECC that the Middle Ages called and they want their antisemitism back.

Despite the MECC’s refusal to name the “Zionist institution” in question, it’s pretty clear that the unnamed “Zionist institution” is NGO Monitor which recently issued a damning and authoritative report on EAPPI.

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