A virulent global campaign by a powerful Christian lobby is trying to influence the Church and use it to delegitimize Israel. The lobbying group is the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, with Nobel Prize Laureate and retired Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu as its patron.
Tutu not only agreed to serve as Sabeel’s patron but also to “assist the Palestinian Christian organization in its outreach and development work with Christian Churches around the world.”
On its website, Sabeel refers to Israel in terms such as “oppressor,” “occupier,” “immoral”, a violator of Palestinian human rights and its founder, Naim Ateek, refers to Israel’s “crucifixion” of Palestinians:
“It only takes people of insight to see the hundreds of thousands of crosses throughout the land, Palestinian men, women, and children being crucified…. The Israeli government crucifixion system is operating daily.”
As a principal agent of the Sabeel lobby, Desmond Tutu’s words of indictment reference Israel as the “oppressor”…