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Sabeel Goes to Harvard
After protests, Harvard University is currently “distancing itself from a report by one of its senior academics that accuses the Jewish lobby of subverting US foreign policy in Israel's interest”. Or as the Australian News outlet puts it: Harvard disowns anti-Jew report. Yes, there’s no mistaking what it is. It’s not simply ‘anti-Israel’ or ‘anti-Zionist’. After this ‘anti-Jew’ incident, another looms on the horizon.
Sabeel at Harvard – protest on April 2. The David Project issues “An urgent plea to Fellow Israel Advocates: Sabeel, the organization behind the anti-Israel divestment campaign in oldline Protestant churches, is coming to Harvard this Sunday morning, April 2. Jean Zaru, a founding member of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, will be speaking at Harvard's Memorial Church at 9:30 a.m.”
While Zaru is portrayed as a “peace activist,” the group she belongs to is not committed to peace, but rather to broadcasting a dishonest narrative about the Arab/Israeli conflict that demonizes Israel and whitewashes Palestinian society of the problems that hinder real prospects for peace. Sabeel's founding director, Anglican canon Naim Ateek, has compared Israeli presence in the disputed territories to the stone that blocks Christ's tomb and has written that “the Israeli government crucifixion system is operating daily. Palestine has become the place of the skull."
More about it here, including the usual unrecognisable description Sabeel members offer of themselves:
A dynamic speaker, Jean Zaru believes that "Equality, respect, dignity and human rights are the basis of spiritual action. The Gospels compel us to work for justice, mercy and peace... all of humanity is created in the image of God." You will not want to miss the opportunity to hear Jean Zaru.