The head of the IRD says a U.S.-based anti-Israel coalition is
now asking its supporters to urge President Barack Obama to
investigate Israel's alleged violations of U.S. weapons laws.
The call came after Israel retaliated against Hamas's ongoing
rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. The Institute on
Religion & Democracy (IRD) is concerned that some
Christians demonize Israel.
U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation equates Israel to the
Apartheid in South Africa, advocates boycotts and divestments
against Israel, and opposes U.S. support of any kind for the Jewish
state. IRD president Mark Tooley says the mainline churches
affiliated with the group seem to be single-minded about justice
"They don't make any meaningful distinction between aggressive
violence versus self-defense, or between a legitimate democratic
government like Israel versus what is essentially a terrorist
group, which is Hamas and its allied groups," Tooley gathers.
He also maintains the plight of Palestinian Christians would
not concern the participating U.S. church groups if Israel
were not depicted as a villain.
"We also have a situation where many of these anti-Israel church
groups are very, very concerned about Christian Palestinians," the
IRD president notes. "They make up somewhere between one and two
percent of the population, but [those church groups] have little to
no interest in other Christian populations in the Middle East who
are under siege by repressive -- and in many cases Islamic --
The U.S. Campaign says it seeks to end military aid to Israel,
which would leave Israel defenseless.