UK Christian Aid has long pushed an anti-Israel program, aggressively
promoting the Palestinian narrative at the expense of both peace
and of relieving Palestinian poverty.
It is interesting to compare their approach with that of the World
Bank, a neutral body which also seeks to find the causes and propose
solutions to Palestinian poverty. The World Bank's latest
report also took input largely from Palestinian sources. It
agrees that Palestinian freedom of movement would improve things
for the Palestinians. It also clearly rejected the proposition (not
too subtly promoted by Christian Aid) that Israel is therefore at
the core of the poverty that the Palestinians suffer from.
The World Bank clearly determined that until internal Palestinian
reforms take place, any Israeli action would not be sufficient to
significantly alter the plight of the average Palestinian - and
that until the Palestinians acted against terror it would be totally
unreasonable to ask the Israelis to remove the checkpoints that
Christian Aid complain about so bitterly.
This is the difference between a world body which is trying to
find real solutions to a human problem, and create peace and prosperity
- and Christian Aid, whose motivations are hard to fathom.
The World Bank requires the money of the world community and action
by the government of Israel - but says that this would all be "hard
to justify" without pre-requisite action by the Palestinians
themselves. The Palestinian Authority must "demonstrate strong
committment to security reform" and "reinvigorate its
program of governance reforms". The World Bank further specifies
"Without a visible and effective effort [to control Palestinian
violence], the case for persisting with certain closure measures
is hard to refute....the PA [must] complete the cycle of popular
elections it has embarked on, control lawlessness, develop a solid
judicial system and address concerns about transparency and corruption."
The latest Christian Aid appeal continues to promote its anti-Israel
agenda, without referring to the contribution of Palestinian corruption
and violence to the plight of their own people. The falsity of this
Christmas time appeal was recently analysed in a report by the Jerusalem
Not only does Christian Aid seem unconcerned about deceiving its
donor base and abusing the huge amounts of Government funding it
receives to promote an agenda which runs contrary to UK Foreign
policy, it also seems unconcerned by the plight of fellow Christians
who live under the Palestinian regime.
Until they adopt a more balanced approach, Christian Aid will not
just continue to create divisions between the peoples of the region.
Its focus on demonizing Israel also creates a divide within Christian
communities and between Christian and Jew within Britain.
I attach an email I received from Angela Bertz (one of our friends)
which very eloquently addresses this latest Christian Aid campaign.
[Angela Bertz' article is available on the views page.]
Please let your friends in the UK become aware of the dangers of
Christian Aid's political agenda.