The following is excerpted from FrontPageMag.com, July 7, 2011:
"A few days ago UK researchers announced that 17 skeletons belonged to Jews were found at the bottom of a medieval well in Norwich, England. The Jews were murdered in a pogrom or had been forced to commit suicide rather than submit to demands for conversion to Christianity. The bodies date back to the 12th or 13th Centuries, at a time when Jewish people faced killings, banishment and persecution throughout all Europe.
Those 17 Jews were killed because of ‘replacement theology,’ the most ancient Christian calumny arguing that because of their denial of the divinity of Christ, the Jews have forfeited God’s promises to them which have been transferred to the Church. Some 10 centuries later, global Christian forums are reviving this theological demonology against the heirs of those 17 Jews: the Jews of the State of Israel.
The World Council of Churches, an ecumenical Christian body based in Geneva and boasting 590 million worshipers, just ended a four-day conference in the Greek city of Volos. Not a single word of criticism was uttered there against the Islamists who are persecuting Arabs who believe Jesus. Lutherans arrived to Volos from the United States, Catholics and Protestants from Bethlehem and Nazareth, Orthodox Christians from Greece and Russia, lecturers from Beirut and Copts from Egypt.
The conference declared the Jewish State ‘a sin’ and ‘occupying power’ ... The conference denied 3,000 years of Jewish life in the land stretching between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, took sides against the very presence of Israel ... In the last few months we have seen a radical and dangerous increase of attacks on Israel by the Protestant and Catholic churches. ... The patriarch of the Antioch Church, the Catholic Melkite Gregory III Laham, proclaimed that there is a ‘Zionist conspiracy against Islam,’ reviving old conspiracy theories that led to infamous pogroms. ... The most influential international Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi, just promoted a boycott of Israel’s goods ‘in the name of love.’ ...
Today, most of the divestment campaign against Israel is driven by Christian groups such as the Dutch Interchurch Organization and the Irish Catholic group Troicaré, both funded by the EU. The United Church of Canada, a very popular and mainstream Christian denomination, just voted to boycott six companies (Caterpillar, Motorola, Ahava, Veolia, Elbit Systems and Chapters/Indigo) and South African Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu convinced the University of Johannesburg to severe all its links with Israeli fellows.
Last year the Methodist Church of Britain voted to boycott Israeli-produced goods and services from Judea and Samaria. ... At a Rome synod, Archbishop Cyrille Salim Bustros, a cleric chosen by Joseph Ratzinger [now Pope Benedict] to draft the synod’s 44 final propositions, denied the Jewish people’s biblical right to the Promised Land."