Balfour’s Promise – Not God’s: Archbishop Theodosios ‘Atallah Hanna’ of Sebastia Speaks to the Occupation of Palestine November 19, 2012Posted by The Prodigal Son in Christianity, Jews, Orthodox Christianity.
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“I am very sorry to hear about some religious groups in the United States that support the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Such support cannot be justified from a Christian point of view because Christianity is against any sort of occupation and injustice in all its forms and its rationalization.
These groups need to re-read their Bible, because the Bible calls us to stand with the marginalized and the oppressed and not with the oppressors.
For those who use the Bible to support Israel need to differentiate between God’s promise and Balfour’s promise (Balfour Declaration), because the occupation is the result of a promise given to the Israelis by Lord Balfour and not by God.”