Honorary Canon of St. George’s Cathedral Jerusalem, Garth Hewitt is the Director and founder of Amos Trust and a famous singer-songwriter in the Christian world. He was given an award by Interpal for his commitment to the Palestinian cause. Hewitt is taken as a voice of morality by supporters of Christian Aid, Amos Trust, Greenbelt attendees and many liberal-left Christians. His Talmud-based poem is frequently quoted by Stephen Sizer, a fellow trustee of Amos Trust.
This month, Hewitt has written a song lamenting the recent war in Gaza, based upon the words of pro-jihad Catholic priest based in Gaza Manuel Musalam. Hewitt’s song will understandably be taken seriously by many, as he has fostered a reputation in many circles as a peacemaker and a pacifist.
Yet Garth Hewitt is anything but. Hewitt’s charity Amos Trust has recently been exposed as a significant force behind the recent antisemitic politicisation of Christmas, and Hewitt inspired the idea of the recent anti-Zionist carols in London. Moreover, Hewitt contributes to a website which denies the genocide in Darfur. Hewitt has also gained notoriety as an anti-Zionist activist, and is prominent in the IMRI movement to boycott and divest from Israel. Here is Hewitt speaking at a demonstration in London in January in protest against Israel’s military operation in Gaza:
Hewitt claims that there can be no peace for Israel until there is peace for the Palestinians. Such words being uttered by a ‘peacemaker’ seem ridiculous. If the Taliban were to start a suicide bombing campaign in London, and Rev Hewitt were to suggest that ‘there can be no peace for Brits until there is peace for Afghans,’ I wonder how British Christians would react.
Of course we should all desire peace – peace for both peoples. A political peace deal will most likely be achieved through the Quartet’s plan for a two state solution. Radical priests who claim that Israel cannot have peace should not themselves be considered peacemakers.