Former Presbyterian Church (USA) moderator, Fahed Abu-Akel, is interviewed in the latest issue of Presbyterian Outlook. Readers may remember Abu-Akel as one of the front men in the PC(USA)'s divestment efforts (see entries here and here), he was also involved in a controversial incident at Wooster College in early 2004 when he recommended an anti-Semitic speaker, Samir Makhlouf, to give a speech at the college. Here is the story in The Layman Online: PCUSA's choice of anti-Semitic speaker prompts college apology
Readers will not be surprised that Abu-Akel's interview includes a number of canards and will also want to take note of the fact that, even when pressed in two questions to admit that Christians in the Middle East are suffering pressure not just from Israelis and Jews, but from their Muslim neighbors as well, he dodges (more like ignores) the questions.
The interview is here: Former moderator discusses Middle East situation, lead up to 2006 General Assembly
The dodge wasn't missed my one commenter:
...on two occasions Ms. Skelton gave Rev. Abu-Akel the opportunity to also discuss pressures that Arab Christians might feel from Muslim Arabs. On both occasions, Rev. Abu-Akel avoided a response. I can think of a couple of possible reasons for Mr. Abu-Akel's failure to identify any Arab Muslim pressures on the lives of Arab Christians: Either he believes such pressures do not exist or else he fears the wrath of Arab Muslims if he mentions such pressures. Either reason for downplaying these pressures would be disturbing.
An emailer also notes:
Rev. Abu Akel's practice of slandering Israeli leaders is deeply offensive. Take, for example, his assertion that "Yitzhak Rabin, the prime minister of the state of Israel, is the one who ordered the Israeli military to break the bones of Palestinian children."
If the Israeli head of state had actually ordered soldiers to break the bones of children, it would be a seirous matter. However, no such order was efver given, as Re. Abu Akel undoubtedly knows.
During the first intifada, Palestinian teenagers began to throw stones at Israelis, knowing that the soldiers would not fire live ammunition. Soldiers were being seriously wounded. Rabin did threaten to break the bones of stone throwers. A threat is not an order. The record is clear: no order was given; bones were not broken.
Here is wikipedia onthe subject: "The bone-breaking quote is taken out of context. This was during the first intifada, the first wave of violence against Israelis by Palestinians in the occupied territories. Palestinian kids would throw rocks at Israeli soldiers and civilians, Rabin said something like "If you throw rocks, we'll break your arm". That is an important context."...