Israel and the Church: Part 3
At the turn of the year, St James' Church in Piccadilly hosted a 2 week festival called Bethlehem Unwrapped to "celebrate the culture and stories of those living [in Bethlehem today] and their work for peace." The Vicar of the church, Rev Lucy Winkett, said it was "about 'beautiful resistance', not taking sides." The Spectator called it "absolute moral squalor" and an "anti-Israel hate-festival."
The former Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, died last month after being in a coma for 8 years. President Shimon Peres described him as "a brave soldier and a daring leader who loved his nation and his nation loved him." But a Senior Palestinian official said: "Sharon was a criminal ... and we would have hoped to see him appear before the International Criminal Court as a war criminal."
Nicholas Anelka is currently facing disciplinary charges from the Football Association for celebrating a goal with the 'quenelle'
gesture in support of a friend, M'bala M'bala, who has patented it.
His given name name means 'God-given' but the French Interior Minister has branded him an "anti-Semite and racist."
In April, the moon will appear red during the Jewish Festival of Passover. In his book, 'Four Blood Moons,' Pastor John Hagee's explains his belief that this is a sign that "something is about to change" - and that the sign is linked with both the Land of Israel and Christ's return.
This time last year, Tim Nash led us in two CHOW sessions considering Israel and Palestine (http://www.businessconnect.je/chow2/item/israel-and-palestine.html).
Join us this week as we wrestle again with questions around the Jewish people and the land of Israel