In addition to the Biblical perspective of this site on the issues of
Christian Zionism, Left Behind, Israel, and Palestine, other organizations have supporting or differing views. They, along with links to their websites are listed below --
Organizations Challenging Christian Zionism
Organizations Challenging Christian Zionism
The Christian Zionist political agenda is in opposition to the desires of most Jews in both the U.S. and Israel. Consistently in most polls, the majority of Jews recognize the necessity of a political settlement with the Palestinians that would give them a viable state on the West Bank and Gaza Strip (in exchange, of course, for peace!). Most "settlers" on the West Bank are not religious settlers, but instead economic settlers who have moved there
because of generous government incentives to do so. They would be happy to leave their settlements. There is a large Jewish "peace group" that favors drawing back to the 1967 borders.
- Zionism, by advocating a political and military end to the Jewish exile, denies the very essence of our Diaspora existence. We are in exile by Divine Decree and may emerge from exile solely via Divine Redemption. All human efforts to alter a metaphysical reality are doomed to end in failure and bloodshed. History has clearly borne out this teaching.
- Israeli group that helps Palestinians rebuild homes destroyed by the IDF.
- Founded by Rabbis in 1941. Supports conscientious objectors.
- Jewish voices of conscience and reason, led by Rabbi Michael Lerner in San Francisco.
- The movement for soldiers of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) refusing to serve in the Occupied Territories.
- The website of the prominent Israeli peace movement features thought-provoking articles by its dissident director, Uri Avnery.
- Peace Now is the largest extra-parliamentary movement in Israel, the country’s oldest peace movement with a broad public base. They advocate for Palestinian self-determination within 1967 borders. Has links to U.S. and other regional supporting Jewish groups.
- Taking Action for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine based on their belief in Judaism.
- The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, reports on Israeli abuses such as torture, shootings, home demolitions, and settler violence.
- This organization is dedicated to the rights of Jews, Palestinians, and all peoples in the Middle East. They believe conflict won't end until Israel removes settlements. Site includes petition, listserver, resources, media.
- Torah-true Jews against Zionism. Any form of Zionism is heresy from the Torah viewpoint and the so-called 'State of Israel' is illegitimate. Menu includes links and quotes to Anti-Zionist Jewish organizations and statements, and the wisdom of Judaism on the Middle East Quandary.
- Committed to Peace and Social Justice, Reconciliation between Nations and Peoples, and Nuclear Disarmament". Contents include News, Mid East Conflict, Library, Peace Links, Readers' Forum, Newsletters, and Activities.
- The authors of this appeal are Jews whose families have been victims of racism and genocide, and who feel they cannot remain silent. They appeal to the world to boycott Israeli goods and leisure travel.
- Guided by the rabbis of our time and under the inspiring leadership of the late Reb Amram Blau, the Neturei Karta refuse to recognize the right of anyone to establish a "Jewish" state during the present period of exile. They are Orthodox Jews who condemn Zionism and the brutal treatment of the Palestinians as a heresy and violation of the Torah.
- A UK based organization with news, summaries and commentary of people opposing the occupation.
- A Jewish internet community that opposes the growing strength of the Christian right and the accelerating pace of its theocratic agenda.
- An ecumenical group of American Christians founded to inform American Christians of the plight of Palestinian Christians. It is an organization which "seeks to replace despair with hope, fear with security, and humiliation with human dignity"
- Covers five Middle East countries. Newsletters describe current issues.
- Grounded in Christian values and committed to an ecumenical evangelical vision, the CMES will seek understanding and reconciliation with the Jewish and Muslim communities.
- Explores the heritage, history, traditions, theology, and current events of the people in the Middle East. Provides information about the stand taken by the Vatican and heads of Christian communities regarding human-right issues in the Holy Land. (Has great music!)
- Inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, this liberation theology seeks to deepen the faith of Palestinian Christians, to promote unity among them toward social action. Sabeel strives to develop a spirituality based on love, justice, peace, nonviolence, liberation and reconciliation for the different national and faith communities. Has links to supporting groups in United States, Canada, and United Kingdom, and elsewhere.
- Pax Christi International is a non-profit, non-governmental Catholic peace movement working on a global scale on a wide variety of issues in the fields of human rights, security and disarmament, economic justice and ecology. In Palestine the Center for Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation (CCRR) is a Palestinian NGO committed to an alternative approach to conflict transformation. We cherish the values of peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, respect and hope. Has links to supporting groups throughout the world.
- A Christian
ministry whose mission is to proclaim and practice the biblical call to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice. Supports a just peace for Palestine.
- The Amos Trust is committed to justice and hope for the forgotten. Amos aims to encourage those who are oppressed and who live in forgotten situations, and also to inspire others through story and song - and a theology - that has been sharpened by our partners from around the world to develop a commitment to justice. Supports the local Palestinian Christian Church and peacemakers from different faith communities in Palestine-Israel.
- Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of 21 public policy offices of national churches and agencies -- Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant. CMEP began its work in 1984 out of the conviction that the policy perspectives and long Middle East experience of our member bodies should be more widely known in the public policy arena. We therefore seek to maintain an on-going dialogue with Congress, the Administration and the diplomatic community, to advance such concerns, assessments, and advocacy positions.
- Books and study guides on Christian Zionism, and on Morally Responsible Investment.
- Holy Land Trust promotes and supports the Palestinian community in its struggle on two fronts: achieving political independence through supporting the Palestinian community in developing nonviolent resistance approaches towards ending the occupation; and assisting it in building an independent Palestine that is founded on the principles of nonviolence, democracy, respect for human rights, and peaceful means of resolving conflicts.
- Birzeit University is the first Arab University in Palestine, offering courses in areas such as commerce, economics, and engineering. There are Palestinian cultural events and exhibitions.
- Founded in 1990, the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development in the occupied Palestinian territories and the self-reliance of the Palestinian people through greater control over their natural resources. The Institute works specifically to augment the local stock of scientific and technical knowledge and to introduce and devise more efficient methods of resource utilization and conservation, improved practices, and appropriate technology.
- Al-Haq was established in 1979 by a group of Palestinian lawyers following extended debate over how best to address the lack of human rights protection mechanisms in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). Founded as Law in the Service of Man, Al-Haq was one of the first human rights organisations established in the Arab world.
- The Friends of Al-Aqsa is a non-profit making
organization with voluntary staff concerned with the defense of basic human rights of Palestinians as supported by various international groups and
organizations. It also stands for the protection and safety of Al-Aqsa Haram Sharif (The First Qibla) in Al Quds (Jerusalem).
- The Palestinian Return Centre is an independent academic/media consultancy founded and registered in the United Kingdom in 1996. It specializes in the research, analysis, and monitoring of issues pertaining to the dispersed Palestinians and their right to return. It also serves as an information repository on other related aspects of the Palestine Question and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
- Advocates Middle East Policies that serve the American national interest.
- INTERPAL is a non-political, non-profit making British charity that focuses solely on the provision of relief and development aid to the poor and needy of Palestine the world over, primarily in Palestine and the refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon.
- War on Want knows that poverty is political. The decisions of politicians in rich countries can mean life or death for people in developing countries. We have the power to reshape the global landscape - to ensure that people across the world can live in justice and peace.
- JMCC was established in 1988 by a group of Palestinian journalists and researchers to provide information on events in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip. JMCC's Jerusalem and Ramallah offices provide a wide range of services to journalists, researchers, international agencies, individuals and organizations interested in obtaining reliable information on the Palestinian territory.
- The Washington Report is published by the American Educational Trust (AET), a non-profit foundation incorporated in Washington, DC by retired U.S. foreign service officers to provide the American public with balanced and accurate information concerning U.S. relations with Middle Eastern states. AET's Foreign Policy Committee has included former U.S. ambassadors, government officials, and members of Congress.
- Israeli, Independent
- The Palestine Monitor provides a timely response to events happening on the ground from the Palestinian perspective, as well as providing them with news and information as events happen.
- Israeli, Left of Center daily
- Israeli, Conservative, English language only
- Israeli, Centrist daily, Israel's largest circulation newspaper
- Bitterlemons.org is a website that presents Israeli and Palestinian viewpoints on prominent issues of concern. It focuses on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and peace process. It is produced, edited and partially written by Ghassan Khatib, a Palestinian, and Yossi Alpher, an Israeli. Its goal is to contribute to mutual understanding through the open exchange of ideas. Bitterlemons.org aspires to impact the way Palestinians, Israelis and others worldwide think about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Right of Center Viewpoint