A pro-Israel activist is praising the Jewish State for taking a stand against the European Union's (EU) funding of the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) movement, while also commending one European nation's support of the Holy Land.
Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry recently published a report of a list of more than a dozen European and Palestinian non-governmental organizations that it says receive EU funding – while calling for boycotts against Israel.
The document divulged that some of the groups had links to terrorist groups while receiving EU money.
In response, Israel has called on the EU to halt funding to what it says actively promote boycotts against Israel, arguing that the financial support violates the EU's stated policy that it opposes boycotts against the Jewish State.
Olive Tree Ministries Founder and Director Jan Markell contends that there is a great problem with the BDS movement in the EU because the continent has a spiritual problem.
"So much of Europe is godless, so they don't care what the Bible says,” Markell pointed out. “When you're a godless continent – though they're certainly are Christians in Europe [even though there are just remnants in – … this should not be the least bit shocking.”
The United States is not foreign to the anti-Semitic BDS movement, either.
“You've got entire denominations in America who are calling on Boycott Divestment Sanctions in America – who are calling on Boycott Divest Sanction,” Markell stressed. “I would say Europe is the heart of the problem because of their godlessness – so none of this surprises me."
However, the Christian leader impressed that God has promised that the BDS movement will not hurt Israel.
"They would always be a people,” Markell noted. “They would always be in the land – never to be driven out of their land. So, these folks can do all they want. It's not going to make one wit of difference."
Swiss Embassy to follow U.S. move to Jerusalem?
Meanwhile, in the wake of America's move of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Federal Democrat Union (FDU) of Switzerland party has brought a petition to the Swiss Foreign Ministry in Bern, calling on the country to also move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the City of David.
More than 20,000 people have signed the petition, and the FDU says that it has been urging the move since the party's founding – in 1975.
Markell believes that an increasing number of nations around the world will follow the U.S. and make the move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“I think this is a God thing, and I would acknowledge that the Europeans following suit is a bit of a surprise,” the ministry head expressed. “I don't think they care one wit in Europe about what the Bible says about this."
Markell also stressed the fact that Switzerland possibly leading the way in Europe is ironic.
"Switzerland is unique in that historically, they don't take a stand – and they have a reputation for remaining neutral,” she recounted. “And I think it's almost ironic that here they're breaking rank with their neutral stand and taking a stand of all things on Jerusalem – the city that seems to divide everybody else around the world."
Guatemala and Paraguay have already joined the United States in moving their embassies, with Honduras also slated to do so. Romania and the Czech Republic have expressed interest, as well.