In the following video Alex Awad tells us that the founding idea behind Christ at the Checkpoint had nothing to do with reconciliation between Palestinian Christians and Messianic Jews, rather finding a justification from the Bible for Palestinians to live in the “Holy Land”. He present an extreme scenario that the only option from Christian Zionists was for Palestinian Christians to leave the land and let Jews get on with it. I can’t think of anyone stupid enough to say that let alone believe it!
The myth of CaTC being a reconciliation ministry has been revealed. Awad talks about oppression and injustice and the separation wall. Sadly, he totally ignores the reason for it, which is the reign of suicide bombings that indiscriminately took the lives of Israeli men, women and children in cafés, buses, streets and other public spaces. Since the Wall, which is undoubtedly an ugly and disruptive imposition, terror attacks have plummeted by 90%. The primary responsibility of any government is the protection of its own citizens, and that is what Israel had to do with the Wall. If the Palestinians denounced and rejected terror, I am sure the wall would come down very quickly.
Awad therefore talks about these unnamed extreme Christians who told him the land belongs to the Jews, which he interprets to mean he must leave the land. Rather than do that he helps establish CaTC to find a Biblical justification to live in the Land, not to reconcile with Messianic Jews. Israel always had a mixed multitude and laws to accommodate strangers and aliens living amongst them, so it really is not that hard to find a Bible justification for them living in the land, no need for a conference to find that!
Awad seeks to give some mystical sense to reading the Bible in the shadow of The Wall, as if some new revelatory insight will come your way. In fact what they want for CaTC is to have American Evangelicals to come and experience Palestinian daily life and get emotionally affected so much by it that it will change how they read the Bible, to the extent that they no longer see any place for Jews in the Land or indeed in the definition of Israel.
So there you have it, this is not about reconciliation, not with Messianic Jews (2:27mins) or even Christian Zionists, Awad had his chance to say it, but didn’t because the agenda of Christ at the Checkpoint is not reconciliation but propaganda in the shadow of the checkpoint, emotional blackmail in the shadow of the checkpoint, political anti-Israeli activism thinly veiled as theology in the shadow of the checkpoint.
Messianic Jews invited to CaTC are being allowed to come and talk about Replacement Theology and reconciliation, but CaTC is more about politics than it is about theology. Unless those Messianic Jews who speak this year challenge the politics of hate towards Israel they will have missed the point of them going to CaTC.
The challenge for Palestinian Christians, in the shadow of the checkpoint, (and I do not diminish the genuine difficulties or pain in their lives), is to maintain a testimony that is untainted by the anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic extremism of their surrounding society, not to theologize it.