Report: World Council of Churches Trains Anti-Israel Activists to SeeÂ Israel as the 'Enemy'
- [Narrator] This effort is called
the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program
in Palestine and Israel,
The World Council of Churches started
the program in 2002.
Since then it's sent some 1800 volunteers
to the West Bank towitness what it calls life
These volunteers then head home
to tell churches,
congregations and others about it.
Those presentations oftentake a very negative
and even antisemitic tone.
- [Narrator] The WCCdenounces antisemitism
as a sin against God
and spokesperson PeterProve tells CBN news
that the program isall about human rights.
- [Peter] And the ultimatepurposes of the program are
to address human rights violations,
impacts upon human dignity and to promote,
from the positive side,
a just peace for both peoples.
- [Narrator] A report by
the NGO Monito howeverpaints a different picture
of these so called training camps.
- That is the main tool
for training anti Israel activists
within church organizationsin churches around the world.
And it's also the main tool
for inserting anti Israel
and anti Zionist propaganda
and rhetoric into those same churches.
- [Narrator] According to Prove,
the volunteers take part in everyday life
with the Palestinians.
- [Peter] They're there toprovide a protective presence.
Secondly they're there to observe,
monitor and report onevents that they observe.
- [Narrator] Yona Schfmiller said,
"NGO Monitor found there'smore to the story."
- In fact what EAPPI isreally doing is coming
here gaining credibility for themselves
to go back to their home churches
and to spread anti Israel diatribes.
- [Narrator] Josef Daher is coordinator
of the Jerusalem centerthat hosts the volunteers.
He explains how they view Jesus' command
to love your enemies.
- [Narrator] Resistanceusually refers to terrorism.
But Daher said as Christians
they only promote boycott,
divestment and sanctions movement or BDS.
In a response to the report,
the WCC said,
"It only promotes boycotting goods
"from Israeli settlements."
That's not Daher's view.
- [Narrator] The WCC recognizesIsrael's right to exist
according to international law.
But doesn't connect it to the Bible.
Dr Robert Smith works with the volunteers
and explained it earlier.
- The biblical narrative
of Israel has almost nothing
to do with contemporary Israel
other than the intentionalmanipulation of sacred texts.
To justify a political project.
The Global Kairos movement declared
that any Christian theology
that supports Zionism is heresy.
- [Narrator] David Parsonsis Vice president of
the International Christianembassy Jerusalem.
He described the 2009Kairos Palestine declaration
- For someone to brandChristian Zionism heresy,
this is troubling ground
because Jesus himself affirmed
the restoration of Israel in Matthew 19.
The apostle Peter does it
in Acts chapter three.
And Paul does it in Romans chapter 11.
So these were all affirming a belief
in biblical Zionism.
The belief that the Jewswould be restored to the land.
So are you callingJesus himself a heretic?
- [Narrator] Funding for the volunteer
training program comes formthe World Council of Churches
as well as European governments.
NGO Monitor would like those countries
to reevaluate that support,
and the WCC to recognize Israel's right
to exist as a Jewish state.
Julie Stall CBN News Jerusalem.