This post has been updated.
Following on from my analysis that Friends of Sabeel UK (FOSUK) is just another political anti-Zionist pressure group, recent events suggest that FOSUK is seemingly turning into a pro-Hamas advocacy group. Aside from Hamas supporter David Halpin leading a FOSUK conference in Bristol, FOSUK patron Jenny Tonge has been meeting with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Syria.
Meanwhile, here’s a video of Sabeel member David Jones at a Viva Palestina reunion dinner with George Galloway this weekend:
Many FOSUK members took part in the Viva Palestina convoy:
We thank God for the generous outpouring of aid by individuals in the UK who have organized a massive aid convoy for Gaza. The spontaneous, community initiative (called Viva Palestina) has resulted in 110 vehicles full of supplies-including ambulances and fire trucks-being driven across Europe, North Africa, and eventually into the Gaza Strip. We pray for the safe travels of the group-which includes several members of Friends of Sabeel-UK. We pray that this compassionate initiative will unite and inspire many people.
Here’s a picture of George Galloway handing cash to Hamas on behalf of the Viva Palestina convoy:
Friends of Sabeel UK’s support for Hamas might seem shocking to those genuinely concerned for the plight of Palestinian Christians, but if you know anything about Sabeel founder Naim Ateek, you’ll know he’s praised Hamas as a liberation theology movement.
Let’s remind ourselves of Hamas’ particular brand of liberation theology:
“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).
[Hat tip: David T]
Viva Palestina is now to be investigated by the Charity Commission.