An excerpt from Daniel Juster
A small contingent of Messianic Jews attended the Christ at the Checkpoint conference in Bethlehem this week. As Messianic Jews we were warmly received and invited to share our perspective.
The conference had an overwhelming emphasis on the injustices suffered by Palestinian Christians and Muslims in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Those testimonies are credible and painful. The checkpoint is a case in point. Israel needs checkpoints to prevent terrorists and others without work permits from entering Israel west of the green line. However, it is not necessary that the people be herded daily through checkpoints, waiting for 3 hours, to be able to get to work 30 minutes away by 6:00 A. M.
The persecution of Christians by Muslims and the dangers of radical Islam was a minor theme compared to the above. It should be noted that Israel ended the occupation of Gaza only to get Hamas, missiles and suicide bombers. This is not emphasized adequately. [Read more...]