(JNS.org) Various non-governmental organizations 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 a number of advocacy organizations and charities are using Christmas to wage “political warfare” against the Jewish state.
According to the NGO Monitor report, titled “Come All Ye Haters: NGO Exploitation of Religious Themes to Demonize Israel,” in 2014 groups such as Pax Christi, Sabeel, Amos Trust, Holy Land Trust, Israel Committee Against House Demolitions, Adalah-NY, Wi’iam, and Bethlehem Bible College are using religious themes to advance anti-Israel campaigns such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
NGO Monitor said that these groups use rhetoric that reflects “anti-Semitic theology and sentiments such as comparing Israel to 1st century Romans, portraying Israel as inherently oppressive, and referring to the ‘tribal god’ of Judaism.”
“NGOs exploit religious sources and biblical verses as part of their political warfare against Israel. The traditional Christian themes are introduced into a simplistic, one-sided narrative of the conflict that omits terrorism, Hamas control of Gaza, and Israel’s basic security needs to protect its civilian population,” the report said.
The report added that the NGOs it discusses use “offensive and inflammatory” rhetoric in Christmas carols, holiday messages and cards, nativity scenes, and other avenues. NGO Monitor said that this year’s common theme for Christmas is the promotion of anti-Israel political advocacy under the guise of “religious obligation motivation.”