Here's a recent news report on the plight of Palestinian Christians, which, surprise, surprise, is the exact same plight as all other Palestinians. Who would have thought?
"Palestinian Christians scuffled with Israeli border police near Bethlehem Wednesday after dozens of them, including priests, gathered to protest new work on Israel's West Bank separation barrier in a sensitive Christian area. An AFP journalist said the protesters... gathered in the Christian town of Beit Jala to protest building a stretch of the barrier... The three Roman Catholic priests tried to pray among olive trees that bulldozers and mechanical diggers were seeking to uproot but were stopped by police. One demonstrator was arrested as he tried to plant an olive sapling in front of the excavators. Police wrestled with protesters who chanted, 'Israel is a terrorist state. It doesn't scare us.'... One of the most iconic symbols of the occupation, [the barrier] will cut off more than 9% of Palestinian territory in the West Bank and Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem from the majority, in places separating farmers from their fields or villagers from water sources, the UN says." (Palestinian Christians scuffle with Israeli police over divisive wall, AFP/news.yahoo.com, 19/8/15)
It's not rocket science, folks. Palestinian Christians, like all other Palestinians, have a clear & present ISRAEL problem, OK?
Why then does the latest edition (March 1916) of the Uniting Church of Australia's magazine ACCatalyst contain a centrefold called Persecution of Christians Worldwide Intensifies, containing a list of 50 countries where Christians are allegedly persecuted, beginning with the worst (North Korea) and ending with the least worst (Oman), and featuring the PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES as no. 24?
Not ISRAEL, mind you - Palestinian territories!?
And why O why has the editor of this magazine, one Max Champion, gone out of his way to republish an article from the Australian Jewish News (introduced as "an interesting news and opinion piece"!!!) which:
a) wags a finger at the Uniting Church for daring to entertain a proposal that the church 'establish an awareness-raising campaign throughout the church on the plight of Palestinian Christians and the Palestinian people, including the promotion of the boycott of goods from the illegal settlements in the West Bank as part of the campaign';
b) quotes a Zionist lobbyist to the effect that "a handful of activists" have "infiltrated" the Uniting Church and "bombarded" its members with "a dishonest, one-sided view of the conflict, demanding that the organisation support the activists' position and proposals,";
c) and announces that the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) will be involved in "formal meetings" with the Uniting Church to talk about "Christian and social anti-Semitism, and the theology of land as it relates to Israel"? (Yes, you read right!)
I've heard about turning the other cheek, but this is beyond ridiculous.