Brian and Taylor Schrauger on 15 Aug 1998 Photo Brian SchraugerBecause I am a Christian, many people assume it is my religious faith that is the primary motivation for my advocacy for Israel. But that is not the case. Like all true Zionists, my strongest motives are more visceral, more mysterious than any creed or pledge.

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Michael Brown at 'Christ at the Checkpoint' Conference Bethlehem 2018 | Photo: Brian Schrauger

Brown asked the Palestinian Christians to follow the example set by the Israelis and hold their leaders accountable. "The least you could do as followers of Jesus," he said, "is stand with me in denouncing your government’s celebration of terrorism." It is an offer that was immediately rejected.

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Frank Pfeifer and Dexter Van Zile | Photo: Courtesy, Dexter Van ZileFrank Pfeiffer grew up with a terrible family secret. His grandfather was a Nazi SS officer who killed countless Jews. Today Pfeiffer, an evangelical Christian, openly confronts his family's past—and boldly stands with the Jewish state of Israel.

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Jack Sara President of Bethlehem Bible College in Bethlehem | Photo: Bethbc.eduJack Sara, the president of Bethlehem Bible College and a prominent organizer of the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference, has revealed himself for what he is—a Christian who is committed to sharing the gospel with Jews while at the same time ignoring the actions and rhetoric of his fellow Arabs who seek to murder and oppress them. Sara can’t even bring himself to offer to his fellow Palestinians the ambivalent message of St. Augustine to early Christians about the Jews: “Do Not Slay Them!”

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Alex Awad, co-founder of the anti-Israel, anti-Zionism 'Christ at the Checkpoint' conferencesA small group of Palestinian Christians are actively promoting an anti-Israel narrative built on a re-definition of the gospel. Increasingly in the West, Christianity is embracing that narrative. The new church struggle is the challenge of saying yes to God by saying no to Islamic dhimmitude.

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