How did government funds come to be used over recent years to enable the Christ at the Checkpoint (CatC) conference – now in its third iteration this week at Bethlehem Bible College – where such polemics were sounded in the past?
The CatC conference revives medieval theological antisemitism in its discussions of how to advance the Palestinian nationalist agenda within Evangelical churches toward disrupting traditionally strong support for Israel. In support of the BDS campaigns and the wider political war to demonize Israel, replacement theology, de-Judaization of Jesus and the defamation of Judaism are consistent themes.
The organizers and participants in the CatC event are responsible for a very dangerous exception that could have major repercussions. And they are aided in this form of religious warfare by a number of allies and funders who should know better. A new NGO Monitor report details the funding sources for the Bethlehem Bible College (BBC) and the Holy Land Trust (HLT), the organizers of CatC. HLT supports anti-Israel BDS, including signing a petition in May 2005 calling for the academic boycott of Israel, and signing the 2005 “Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS.”