Palestinian evangelicals in confrontation with Christian Zionism

Evangelist Christian volunteers harvest Merlot wine grapes on September 23, 2020, for the Israeli family-run Tura Winery, in the estate’s vineyards located at the occupied West Bank Har Bracha settlement. (photo: Menahem Kahana / AFP)
Palestinian evangelicals call on all evangelicals to reexamine the claims of Christian Zionism.

By Rev. Alex Awad | Washington Report on Middle East Affairs |  Mar/Apr 2021

Arabs and the Palestinians have not only lost the balance of power militarily, but they have lost the hearts of evangelical Christians…

A FEW MILESTONES in my personal life have led to my confrontation with Zionist Christianity. I was born in Jerusalem and grew up in the embrace of conservative evangelical missionary churches. I’ve always been active in my evangelical church, where I learned about God’s love and salvation for me and the whole world, and the principles of love for neighbor and enemy as well as the command to seek peace, justice and goodness for all.

When I graduated from high school, I decided to attend a Bible College in Switzerland to prepare for service in the church in Palestine. During my theological studies in Europe, I noticed that my fellow students and teachers believed that the land of Palestine was promised by God to the Jewish people. I also learned that my colleagues and their teachers were convinced that believers in Christ should contribute to the realization of these biblical prophecies, which relate to the second coming of Christ, by supporting the State of Israel.

During my second year of college, the 1967 war between Israel and the Arabs, called the Six-Day War, broke out. I was shocked to learn that the students in my college received news of Israel’s victory over Egypt, Jordan and Syria with joy and cheers while another student from Syria and I were afraid for our families, loved ones, churches, institutions and our countries. Now our homelands, in full or in part, were under the control of the Israeli army. This incident, and the reactions I observed, were the beginning of my confrontation with what is today called Christian Zionism.

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