Sunday, December 19, 2010

Growing Anti-Israel Sentiment in the U.S.

Anti-Israel ads are about to appear on Seattle buses. According to an online report, twelve buses will carry ads saying "Israeli War Crimes: Your tax dollars at work." The ads are being sponsored by a group calling itself the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign.

At best, the ads demonstrate the group's naive understanding of the reality behind events in the Middle East. At worst, the ads are intended to incite hatred against Israel for daring to defend itself against terrorism. Israel is battling Islamic fundamentalist groups bent on their destruction. These groups have sent suicide bombers against civilian targets, have shot rockets and mortars at civilian centers, and (this weekend) brutally attacked two female hikers. Israel has a right to defend it citizens against such attacks.

I hope Christians in Seattle will raise their voices to protest these messages...and to support Israel's right to exist as a nation, and to defend itself against terrorism.

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