“Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—the LORD detests them both.” (Proverbs 17:15)
Last week, jailed Palestinian terrorists found an ally in the World Council of Churches (WCC) when it met in East Jerusalem to hold its annual “World Week of Peace in Palestine Israel.”
The WCC called on Israel to release Palestinian terrorists, with no concern for the violent crimes they committed against civilians.
The group classed these terrorists as “political prisoners.” Material produced for the week revealed this inaccurate, one-sided definition, which characterized such prisoners as “any Palestinian resident of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, or Israel—arrested in relation to the occupation.” (NGO Monitor)
This call ignores the severity of their crimes and the fact that such released terrorists immediately return to acts of terrorism.
For example, Ziad Awad was one of 1,027 terrorists freed in return for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit in 2011. In April 2013, he killed police Chief Superintendent Lt. Col. Baruch Mizrahi as he and his wife and children drove to Kiryat Arba for a Passover Seder meal. (Arutz 7)
Likewise, the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped last June while traveling home from their Yeshiva (Jewish rabbinic seminary)—Gilad Sha’ar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali Frenkel—were murdered by Abed a-Rahman Ghaminat and Mahmoud Kawasme, who were also released in the prisoner swap for Gilad.
The World Council of Churches was created in 1948, the same year Israel once again became an independent nation.
The WCC represents over 500 million Christians in 345 churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories. Members include numerous Orthodox, Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, United and Independent churches. The Roman Catholic and Orthodox Catholic church are not members, but they do send accredited observers to meetings.
The stated purpose of WCC is to create “visible unity in one faith and in one Eucharistic fellowship, expressed in worship and common life in Christ, through witness and service to the world, and to advance towards that unity in order that the world may believe.” (WCC)
However, it seems that in their witness and service to the world, they work to overturn God’s promises and prophecies to the Jewish People concerning the Promised Land.
They also ignore historical facts, such as the continuous remnant of Jews present in Israel since the crossing of the Jordan, as well as the fulfillment of prophecies that have already come to pass and are in process.
This intention seems most visible in the theme for their week-long peace conference: “Let My People Go.” The cynical use of this theme promotes moral equivalency between the Palestinian terrorists with the blood of innocents on their hands and the enslaved Israelites who suffered under ruthless Pharaoh.
The WCC’s website describes the event as an “annual observance of a week of prayer, education, and advocacy,” calling for an end to the “illegal occupation of Palestine.”
In addition to this year’s conference, WCC prepared a report titled “Palestinian Prisoners: A Question of Conscience” that also presents a one-sided narrative against Israel.
It was compiled using material from such politicized non-government organizations (NGOs) as Addameer, B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, Defence for Children International–Palestine (DCI–PS), Physicians for Human Rights–Israel (PHR–I) and New Profile.
According to NGO Monitor, the report contains no original sources to any claims or findings, only a reference list of the NGOs listed above. Yet, they categorically “minimize the threat of terrorism, while simultaneously alleging Israeli ‘war crimes,’ ‘torture,’ ‘crime against humanity,’ ‘mass detention and imprisonment,’ and ‘illegal and arbitrary detention.’”
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)