Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Anti-Zionist, Antisemitic Vicar Stephen Sizer in the US

I just learned via Twitter that Stephen Sizer, the antisemitic Anglican vicar, is now in the US to attend the "Christ at the Checkpoint" conference in Oklahoma. The conference,  which is usually held in Bethlehem, Palestine, fights against Christian Zionism. Sizer's first book was a denunciation of Christian Zionism. Here's a link to the article in Fathom about Sizer and the conference: Anti-semitic conspiracy theorist featured at Christian anti-Israel conference.
Luke Moon, the Deputy Director of the Philos Project in New York, told The Tower that “The goal of Christ at the Checkpoint is to undermine Christian support for Israel. Having attended the last four CATC conferences in Bethlehem this one is proving to be the worst.” 
He added that “The organizers have gone too far in hosting Stephen Sizer…The positive relationship between Christians and Jews is at an all-time high and it’s conferences like this one that seek to drive us back to the days of antagonism and distrust—and I will fight hard against that.” 
The CATC manifesto states that the “suffering of the Palestinian people can no longer be ignored” and that “Evangelicals must reclaim the prophetic role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel.” Their employees have accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” erecting an “apartheid wall,” and enacting a “crucifixion system” against the Palestinians. 
“Christ at the Checkpoint has long been a forum for bigots and anti-Semites,” said Yona Schiffmiller, director of the North America desk at NGO Monitor. “Predictably, this gathering seems poised to follow in that dubious tradition. The decision to give a platform to a 9/11 conspiracy theorist—a participant in Iranian Holocaust-denial conferences—and to those who try to engage avowed terrorist organizations in ‘non-violence training’ exemplifies the radical agenda of this gathering’s organizers.”

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