Sabeels Naim Ateek to receive "peace award", promoting radical agenda

Naim Ateek, the head of Sabeel, received the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s 2006 John Nevin Sayre Award at the 75th Annual General Convention of the Episcopal Church on 17 June. Sabeel frequently attacks Israel as "an apartheid state" and is a leader in the international campaign for divestment from Israel. In September 2005, Ateek refused to abandon his position that Israel has no right to exist. The Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a letter to Most Reverend Frank T. Griswold, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, dated 15 May, which said that "Ateek has repeatedly diminished, not enhanced, the cause of peace and justice in the Middle East" and called on the Episcopal Church in America to "reconsider this unfortunate move."

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