The mission of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation is to ensure "the continued presence and well-being of Arab Christians in the Holy Land and to developing the bonds of solidarity between them and Christians elsewhere."
This is admirable. Christians are disappearing from the Middle East at an alarming rate (everywhere, in fact, except for Israel.)
Unfortunately, the HCEF seems to be a bit fixated on supposed Israeli actions that are forcing Christians out, and they downplay any oppression that come from the Palestinian Muslims. I couldn't find anything on their website about threats, or attacks, or stealing land.
This group held a conference in Washington this weekend. One of the speakers is "Ambassador" Maen Areikat, who represents the PLO in Washington.
And who says, very explicitly, that he envisions a Palestinian state that would have no Jews in it.
In other words, he advocates the forcible transfer of some half-million Jews out of the free, democratic country he pretends to support.
It seems a little odd that an organization that is against Christians being forced out of the Holy Land has no problem honoring a man who wants to do exactly that to hundreds of thousands of Jews.
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