Back in March, I blogged about Friends of Sabeel UK’s annual conference, which boasted Dr David Halpin, a Hamas supporter, as its lead speaker. (More details of the conference at the Friends of Sabeel UK website). Friends of Sabeel UK is an anti-Zionist pressure group which acts amongst churches and NGOs, with various anti-Israel boycotters listed as patrons.
Halpin is also, Harry’s Place reveals, a conspiracy theorist who thinks the government had Dr David Kelly killed.
Furthermore Halpin is a 7/7 troofer:
On 7/7 (from 28:18)
“Where the law ends tyranny begins, so that’s why we go on about Dr David Kelly, because we haven’t had an inquest on Dr David Kelly, and you’ll hear people infer Muslim connections to the bombings of 7/7 in London, and yet there’s been no inquest on any of the victims, either the alleged perpetrators or the 52 victims… all we’ve had is 32-page commentary from a Home Office (lawyer?)…”
In the same video, we get a glimpse of Halpin’s views on Israel:
“It’s not a country, it’s a Zionist entity… That’s what I call it when I write about it… I write about it a lot, I think about it a lot too…”
“I was galvanised by the bombing of Afghan people, some of the poorest people on Earth, by B-52s from 32,000. I was so outraged I decided to act, and I knew that Palestine was the hinder(?) of humanity.”
How does anyone help the Afghan people through anti-Zionism? Anyway, it would be interesting to find out whether Halpin offered up any theology at the Sabeel conference, although this phrase may have endeared him to Sabeel:
I have met Ishmail Haniyeh, the PM, in March 2007 with fellow doctors, and other Hamas ministers since. I would judge them to be trustworthy men who are doing what is right for their tormented people, unlike the collaborator Abbas and his friends. Insight into Hamas, and the literal crucifixion of these people, can be gained from reading the recent letter in the Washington Post by my surgeon colleague Dr Mahmoud Al Zahar.
Literal crucifixion? Sabeel seem rather fond of this language. Here’s Sabeel founder and leader Naim Ateek talking about Israel at Easter:
In this season of Lent, it seems to many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around him. It only takes people of insight to see the hundreds of thousands of crosses throughout the land, Palestinian men, women, and children being crucified. Palestine has become one huge golgotha. The Israeli government crucifixion system is operating daily. Palestine has become the place of the skull.
Hopefully British Christians will steer clear of this lot.