Itching for Intifada?

Gary Burge and Stephen Sizer are Christian anti-Zionists. They are opposed to Zionism as an effect of their opposition to Christian Zionism, which they see as theologically faulty.

Additionally, they tend to see Christian Zionists as belligerent, bellicose, and anxious for armaggeddon.

But are the same peace-loving Christian anti-Zionists Burge and Sizer itching for another intifada (or ‘uprising’ as it translates into English’)?

Judging by this blog post, it’s a question worth asking. Sizer draws attention to a Gary Burge article where he writes:

After my tour group departed for home, I remained in Jerusalem and talked to some of my Palestinian Christian friends, asking, so what is going to happen? Their answer was telling. There will be another uprising. It is inevitable. But then I asked if it would work, since the previous uprising in 2000 failed. The despair that followed was disarming. We will rise up, organizations like Hamas will become more popular, there will be violence, and we’ll be presented to the world as a crazy, violent people once again — and Israel’s severe policies will look legitimate once more.

Yes, indeed there are prominent Christian Zionists who appear anxious for armaggeddon. Sizer and Burge are entitled to question their motives.

Equally, there are Christian anti-Zionists who speculate about the next surge in suicide bombings on school buses and murders in the streets against Israelis. It is also right and proper to question their motives. Burge and Sizer of course may not desire another ‘uprising’, but their speculation certainly gives one cause for concern given the track record of many in the anti-Zionist Christian theological movement.

For some Christian Zionists, there is an apocalyptic dimension to Israel’s wars and American foreign policy. For many who are religiously engaged in jihadist “resistance” against Israel, however, let’s not pretend they don’t have an End-Times gleam in their eyes either.

For example, this is from the Hamas charter:

The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim).

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