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  • Christian Zionists prefer to ignore Bethlehem's Palestinians

    Why does America's largest Christian Zionist organization continue to ignore the plight of its co-religionists in Jesus' birthplace? Text and photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler/ Happy birthday, Jesus! Once again, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), America’s largest Zionist organization of any kind, has used “Made in Israel” Christmas ornaments the centerpiece of its holiday fundraising campaign while bashing the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. In a December email campaign in the weeks preceding Christmas, CUFI’s leaders declared: Israel’s enemies are also our enemies, and they are mounting an aggressive campaign on all fronts to cause innocents harm, especially during…

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  • The decline of Christian Zionism

    America's largest Christian Zionist organization boasts about its numbers. But while their influence is a given, many Christians are slowly but surely seeing the justice of the Palestinian cause. Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/ Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest Zionist Christian organization in the U.S., recently sent an email blast celebrating the milestone of “2 million members.” The Washington Post’s right-wing blogger Jennifer Rubin dutifully reported on the CUFI press release, which included an additional list of impressive numbers: According to CUFI, it has “driven hundreds of thousands of emails to government officials, held 2,162 pro-Israel events in cities…

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  • Zionist Christians’ war on the true meaning of Christmas

    The rhetoric of Christian Zionists consistently places loyalty to the modern state of Israel above the example and teachings of the Jesus born in Bethlehem whose birth Christmas celebrates. It's time to stop calling such groups Christian Zionists and instead use the term Zionist Christians, to more accurately reflect their priorities. Photos and text by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/ For the last two years, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest Christian Zionist organization in the U.S., has sent email blasts urging their supporters to fight back against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement by buying Christmas ornaments “Made in Israel.”…

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  • ‘Ron Paul cry-baby’: Israel fights for Palestinian freedom

    A few weeks ago I published a post about a girl, named Emily Schrader, who was shown on a Youtube clip breaking into tears after reading that Ron Paul believes Israel is an apartheid state. The clip went viral, caused quite a lot of commotion on the web, and has since been removed (most probably for damage control reasons).Yesterday, I got an email from someone claiming to be Emily Schrader, yet I have no way of verifying if it is really her. Nonetheless, her address and blog do seem to be authentic, so I’m pasting it here below: Hello Ami! In…

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  • Glenn Beck’s "Restoring Courage" rally in Jerusalem ends with a whimper

    Could a dull event in Jerusalem, in front of just 1,000 people, spell the end of Glenn Beck? It must have been pretty rough for Glenn Beck to see this: After months of preparations, hours of television and radio talk all geared up for the big day, tons of merchandise manufactured, Glenn Beck could just about muster over a thousand people at his “Restoring Courage” last night in Jerusalem. I can’t help but think that this flop might be a lethal blow for this guy. After getting kicked out of FOX and then his decision to veer even farther to…

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  • Glenn Beck to announce: “Ani Haredi! I am an orthodox Jew!”

    Not to be out-maneuvered by his new partner in the evangelical business, Glenn Beck has decided to raise the stakes in the battle with Pastor John Hagee over who can pander more to the Jews and Israel. It was only weeks ago, that Hagee invited Beck to the annual Christians United for Israel conference, where Beck had the audacity - on Hagee’s home turf - to declare “I am a Jew!” Little did Beck know that when he invited Hagee to the “Restoring Courage” event that took place this Sunday in Caesarea, his mentor would fight back in style and…

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  • Poll: Most Israeli Jews won't accept Jesus as Messiah

    According to the poll, only 20% of Jews were shocked and angered to find out they were just “pawns” in the Christian fundamentalist’s plan On the heels of Glenn Beck’s visit to the Knesset last week and ahead of his keynote speech this week at the 2011 Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Washington summit, +972 magazine commissioned a poll on Israeli attitudes towards the Rapture and the role of Jews in the event of Jesus’ return. The poll, conducted by Dr. Tina Kemach, shows that a majority of Israeli Jews, 74.3%, have no intention whatsoever of accepting Jesus as the…

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