(JNS.org) Various NGOs are conveying a much different message than “Merry Christmas” to Israel this holiday season. A new report by the watchdog group NGO Monitor documents how several non-governmental groups and charities are using Christmas to wage “political warfare” against the Jewish state.
Among the groups singled out by NGO Monitor are Christian Aid (UK), Sabeel, War on Want (UK), Amos Trust, Israel Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), and Adalah-NY. These groups are “using theological themes to advance immoral anti-Israel campaigns, boycotts (BDS), and, in some cases, anti-Semitism,” NGO Monitor said in its report.
In addition to NGOs and charities, some mainline Protestant churches have also targeted Israel.
“The strongest activism for BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) in the U.S. has been in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Methodist Church. These two churches have not signed onto BDS, but activists in each church continue pushing that agenda. Smaller denominations have taken very strong positions for BDS, particularly the Quakers’ American Friends Service Committee,” Yitzhak Santis, chief program officer for NGO Monitor, told JNS.org.
Santis added, “BDS activists are fully aware of the role churches can and do play in amplifying and legitimizing their radical anti-Israel message.”