Articles & Blogs by Christine Williams
About Christine Williams
Christine Williams is a nine-time International Award-winning Journalist and Television Producer. As a current columnist, [among where] her writings have appeared: Jewish Press Online, Breaking Israel News, the Middle East Quarterly, USA Today Online, Wall Street online, Front Page Magazine, Jihad Watch, and the Hudson Institute. She also writes for the Gatestone International Policy Council where she has served on the Board of Governors.
Christine is currently working on a book project exploring Islamic Reform, commissioned by the Middle East Forum Education Fund and is on the Board of Advisors for Muslims Facing Tomorrow. She is an appointed Director with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (a Federal Foundation in the Dept. of Citizenship & Immigration Canada); an appointee to the Office of Religious Freedom as an external advisor ( Dept. of Foreign Affairs Canada); and is on the anti-semitism task force for the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust studies in Toronto. Christine also works as Public Affairs and Media Consultant for the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem Canada (ICEJ Canada) which has 80 offices globally. For the ICEJ Canada weekly program aired on Vision TV network, Christine is also Director and co-Producer.
In past, Christine has conducted over 1,700 live television interviews as a daily call-in Talk show Host on CTS-TV in Burlington, Ont. and was also the fill-in Host for the Christian Broadcast 100 Huntley Street, aired on CTS-TV and the Global Television Network. For this program, Christine also launched a daily news and information segment in a joint venture with the World Evangelical Alliance and Christian Post in Washington and New York. Christine launched four different programs on the CTS-TV network; one of them, a successful multi-faith investigative news magazine program “Faith Journal” which captured three international awards during her tenure as anchor and news producer. As a political and crime news reporter and newsroom editor, Christine has also worked as a regular national columnist and news analyst with Metro News (Owned by the Toronto Star). She was also a Senior Advisor to the Hudson Institute in New York.
Articles and Blogs by Christine Williams
Resolution 2334: Obama’s betrayal of Israel supports the Palestinian jihad - December 29, 2016
Virulent Anti-Semitism Passed Off as Mild Dissent on Campus - January 16, 2016
Christian Icons of Propaganda - Sabeel and Desmond Tutu - March 29, 2015
A Message from ICEJ Canada "Comfort, Yes comfor My people! says your God." - February 16, 2015
French Tragedy: Free Speech is a Microcosm of a Much Larger Issue - January 17, 2015
Christian and Canadian Support for Israel Defies Propaganda - September 2, 2014 (Gatestone Institue)
Gallup study of church support for Israel - September 2, 2014
The Foreign Fighters of ISIS: A Grave Western Threat - August 8, 2014 (Jihad Watch)
Canada: Anti-Israel BDS resolutions seize campuses in Ontario - August 30, 2014 (Jihad Watch blog follow up)
Anti-Israel BDS Resolutions Seize Campuses in Ontario - April 22, 2014 (Gatestone Institute)
ICEJ Offers Israel Support as Churches Aid Palestinian Prisoners - April 21, 2014 (Jewish Tribune)
Canada, Keystone and the Palestinians - March 31, 2014 (The Jewish Press)
New Anti-Semitism Tailored for Evangelicals - March 25, 2014 (Gatestone Institute)
More Desired Than Our Own Salvation - Book Review on Anti-Zionism (Middle East Quarterly)
Israel - A Matter of Our Own Long Term Interests - January 27, 2014 (Gatestone Institute)
New-Wave Anti-Semtism -Israel My Glory Followup Report by Elwood McQuaid—May/June 2014 Publication)
"Let's Burn the Jew" is not Anti-Semitic? - January 15, 2014 (Gatestone Institute)
The United Church of Canada Advances Sanctions Against Israel Through Prayer - December 04, 2013
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem Partners with StandWithUs to Combat Unjust “Israel Apartheid” Label - November 27, 2013
Jesus was not a Palestinian - October 24, 2013 (Jihad Watch)
Toronto Film Festival Uses Arts to Demonize Israel - October 3, 2013 (Honeset Reporting follow-up)
Palestinian Film Festival Uses Arts to Demonize Israel - October 2, 2013 (Gatestone Institute)
The Pope, The Jews and Judaism - April 5, 2013 (The Canadian Jewish News follow-up)
Pope Francis I: Friend of Inclusiveness - March 15, 2013 (Gatestone Institute)
A Day of Mourning For Persecuted Christians (Blazing Cat Fur Youtube Video)
Canada's State Sponsored Fight Against State Sponsored Anti-Semitism (Gatestone Institute)
The Real Fight in the Middle East is Over Public Opinion (Jewish Tribune)
Working Group Report on Israel-Palestine Policy(Simon Wiesenthal Toronto)
Pakistan: Anti-Israel and State Sponsor of Terrorism --Atlas Shrugs blog followup
Pakistan: State-Sponsor of Terrorism? (Gatestone Institute)
Open Letter By Iranian Canadians Expresses Grave Concern Regarding Canadian International Council’s Conference (Winnipeg Jewish Review)
My Personal Experience on a Delegation to Holocaust Sites (Newsreal Blog—Front Page Magazine)
Exclusive to ICEJ Canada:
Gallup study of church support for Israel - September 2, 2014
According to a Gallup study, religion plays a large role in Americans' Support for Israelis. The research group concluded that “there are several possible reasons for the relationship between religiousness and support for Israelis. Many explanations focus on roles that Israel and Israelis play in the Bible, the centrality of the saga of the Israelites in the Old Testament, and the promises God made in the Old Testament to the ancient prophets that he would create a promised land for them. Some evangelical Christians also connect Israel to their views of the second coming of Christ at Armageddon.”
While Christians are urged to follow their religious beliefs, it is also imperative that Christians understand that Israel faces daily threats from Hamas and surrounding nations that do not recognize its right to exist and has sought its destruction from the day it was established in 1948 for unjustifiable reasons. It is not a “peace process” as termed, but a propagandist process that seeks Israel’s eradication based on the Charters of Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and Fatah.
The article How Church Attendance Affects American Attitudes toward Israel by Middle East Scholar Dr. Daniel Pipes analyses the Gallup findings on Church attendance and Israel ….. http://www.danielpipes.org/14692/american-churches-israel
Theme: Genesis 12:3 “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee”.
Zionism means no more and no less, a belief in the right of Jews to have a state. That state is the State of Israel.
Many of you may or may not be aware of global efforts to attack the State of Israel, delegimatize it and falsely label, bully and stigmatize the Jewish people. This effort is alive, powerful and historic.
There is a movement called Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) that refers to Israel as an apartheid state. This philosophy is actively and heavily advanced on University campuses globally. There is also a drive to punish the state of Israel economically, called BDS or Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. The premise of this “apartheid” label which gives rise to the BDS drive is that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is like the treatment of blacks under South African rule during the apartheid era.
Apartheid is a word that describes the conditions in South Africa that levied state sanctioned racism against blacks in the forms of racial segregation and treating blacks as an inferior class of people, which included: denying voting rights, severe discrimination in acquiring jobs, inferior medical care, segregation in areas of education, public services, and in public social domains like beaches and public events. The scourge of apartheid is mournful, blatant and an affront to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Israel has been branded “Apartheid” because of suffering and poverty in Gaza that relates to the ‘fence’. The propaganda about the so-called Israeli “occupation” of the West Bank and a small area of Hamas-ruled Gaza that is poverty stricken is key to understanding the “Apartheid” label. Israel, in fact, has “occupied” these areas to defend its borders, regularly attacked by Hamas rocket fire. The so-called “occupation” is not to subjugate Palestinians but to defend the state of Israel from obliteration.
When the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was established in 1964 under the leadership of Palestinian lawyer Ahmed Shukheiry at a conference in east Jerusalem attended by Arab foreign ministers, its founding manifesto stated that the purpose of its formation was “to attain the objective of liquidating Israel”.
The Hamas charter calls for the obliteration of Israel as does the P.A. Charter, and the Fatah charter.
Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority did his PhD in Holocaust denial
The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Mohammed Amin al-Husseini—a Palestinian Arab Nationalist-- worked with Hitler with a goal of obliterating the Jewish people.
PLO leader Yasser Arafat was a young relative of al Husseini that admired him, trained under him, bore his mission and changed his name from al Husseini to Arafat.
The vast areas land that Israel captured in the 1967 defensive war has been mostly surrendered back, except for a very small percentage for security reasons; yet those groups and individuals that continue to seek the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people continue to attack with lies and with propaganda.
Some more facts:
Israel is a haven for persecuted Christians, even from Sudan. 400-thousand Sudanese Christians were murdered for being black and for being Christian by Islamists, yet Israel takes in refugees.
Arabs are not only allowed into mainstream society in Israel, but they are also allowed to hold positions in Israel’s Knesset (parliament), as well as high ranking jobs. They are also fully integrated into Israeli society and treated better than by Israel’s neighbors.
The crowned beauty queen: 21 year old Miss Israel 2013 ,Yityish Aynaw, is a black Ethiopian.
Israel is not an apartheid state. It is not the state that murders Christians by the droves as we see in neighboring states. It is not a racist state as we also see in surrounding states and in Africa where blacks are still slaves in Mauratania, and people are murdered for being blacks and/or Christians. Israel is a haven for human rights and democracy which is an affront from neighboring Shariah (Islamic law) states.
Israel did not cheat any group out of land. Archeological evidence as confirmed a Jewish root to the biblical heartlands. While we value all of humanity and according to Christian teachings, we care about and embrace all of humanity, we are also responsible for furthering truth. The innocent Palestinian people who are suffering need care, attention and rescuing, not from Israel, but from their own Hamas leadership that uses them to delegitimize Israel.
Who are the Palestinian people? They are settlers from surrounding Arab regions. Here is a little history:
The name “Palestine” was given in the year 135AD following a second Jewish revolt after the ancient revolt and battle of Masada, for the purpose of dishonoring the Jewish presence in the Holy land. Before that date, it was called “Judah”. In 636 AD during the battle of Yarmouk between the Rashidun Caliphate and Roman empire, Jews of the holy land were uprooted by Ottoman raiders and displaced.
Jews have faced an historic battle for survival and as promised in Isaiah 11:12 “And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth”.
The drive against Israel in the forms of BDS drives (Boycott, divestment and sanctions) is not in truth and justice. We need to support Israel in every way we can as a nation under attack by a global drive, spearheaded by historic enemies of Israel.
December 11, 2014 PRESS RELEASE:
INCITEMENT TO MURDER AGAINST JEWS IN CANADA AND ELSEWHERE MUST BE STOPPED
The International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem stands in unison with the Canadian Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) in calling the heinous action by Meshwar newspaper editor Nizih Khatatba “disgusting, obscene, disgraceful and possibly criminal” in its incitement to terrorism. The Toronto Arab-language newspaper praised the mid-November synagogue murder of four rabbis and a police officer in the har Nof neighbourhood of Jerusalem. Khatatba, a board member of Palestinian House, referred to the massacre as a “courageous and qualitative” operation. Now CIJA is looking into laying a criminal complaint with police.
In 2012, the federal government defunded Palestine House for its "pattern of support for extremism". Last year, its former head Elias Hazineh issued a call to shoot jews if they do not leave Jerusalem.
In July the same paper Meshwa threatened that Toronto police prevented “a massacre” from taking place at Palestine House, where members of the Jewish Defence League staged a vigil and protest following the murders of three yeshiva students in Israel. Palestinian House also blared on loudspeakers translated: “If you advance, your grave will await you.” Then in August the Meshwar paper referred in a piece to the “Holohoax” as “the biggest lie in history.”
ICEJ asks the question: why is this violent hatred and blatant anti-semitism being tolerated against the Jewish people? We support and urge government and legal action against such threats and incitement to violence.
April 2014 PRESS RELEASE:
ICEJ OFFERS ISRAEL SUPPORT AS CHURCHES AID PALESTINIAN PRISONERS
By: Christine Williams
The Palestinian Authority (PA) marked ‘Prisoners Day’ on April 17 by holding rallies throughout the West Bank in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. It is not the only organization to do so.
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem – Canada expresses its deep disappointment in a statement by the World Council of Churches, which also expressed its solidarity with Palestinian prisoners “languishing in Jail.” Churches in the Holy Land were invited to “remember Palestinian prisoners through prayers and acts of solidarity that restore to them their freedom with justice and dignity.”
While the WCC statement references the Christian ethic of remembering all prisoners in a Christian spirit of kindness, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem – Canada recognizes the need and right of the state of Israel to protect its citizens from terrorism. We also stand in empathy for the victims of these terrorists and with their families who have suffered untold grief at the loss of their loved ones.
The PA actively encourages violence against Jews as heroic and necessary politically, while religiously, it is portrayed as Allah’s will.
Releasing Palestinian prisoners will not benefit the peace process as it is in the PA Charter to destroy Israel. Just before the turn of the new year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned PA leader Mahmoud Abbas for referring to Palestinian terrorists in Israeli jails as “heroes.” Netanyahu stated that “murderers are not heroes” and added that, “peace can be achieved only when the education toward incitement and toward the destruction of Israel is stopped.” Abbas has declared that there is no way he will ever recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
Palestinians imprisoned in Israel for security and terror-related offenses specifically are being paid a monthly salary from the PA. The salary comes from the official Palestinian budget, which in part comes from the donations of Western countries such as Canada, the US and those in Europe. The budget for prisoners is reported to be $5 million per month. In addition, Palestinian prisoners who were convicted of killing Israelis and then released as a good will gesture by Israel were given at least $50,000 each by the PA; and a “comfortable” monthly salary. The PA even sponsors a summer camp for children named after terrorists.
Meanwhile, reports of torture of Palestinian prisoners by its own Palestinian security services “keep rolling in,” according to the deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.
It is also perplexing what the WCC means by its call for “acts of solidarity.”
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem Partners with StandWithUs to Combat Unjust “Israel Apartheid” Label
by Christine Williams
(L to R – BAYT Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin, Meryle Kates SWU Exec. Dir., Rev. Kenneth Meshoe, Donna Holbrook ICEJ Canada Exec. Director.)
Israel Apartheid week began in Toronto in 2005 after Palestinian organizations called for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel. The groups erroneously compared Israel's treatment of the Palestinians to the treatment of South African blacks, when powerful campus movements lobbied for divestments and boycotts against South Africa for black liberation. To this day, such campus movements against Israel have spread globally and unjustifiably with the intent to delegitimize Israel.
Over the summer StandWithUs launched an ad campaign to counter TransLink posters called “Disappearing Palestine,” in Vancouver. The posters presented four maps that showed a shrinking Palestine replaced by the state of Israel over six decades. The pro-Israel ads included a series of three maps that show “Jewish Loss of Land” and are dated from 1000 BCE until “Today.” Meryle Kates, executive director of StandWithUs’ Toronto chapter stated that the pro-Palestinian posters “delegitimizes” Israel and the Jewish people “and we felt we had to correct it.”
StandWithUs is a valued partner to the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ Canada)
"Making it abundantly clear that Israel is not an apartheid state, Rev. Kenneth Meshoe outlined the laws which must be in effect before a country can be given that label, in a talk last week hosted by Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto (BAYT) Congregation’s adult education department and co-sponsored by StandWithUs Canada and International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) Canada."
That’s why it was so interesting to hear the recent presentation of Kenneth Meshoe, a South African politician, who lived through the real apartheid. He was brought to Toronto by STANDWITHUS Canada and ICEJ (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem Canada).
Black South African MP Battles Allegations of “Israel Apartheid”
By Doris Strub Epstein
Reverend Kenneth Meshoe with Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich - Beth Sholom Synagogue
The Times of Israel
South African Rev. Meshoe debunks Israeli apartheid
Born on Pretoria in 1954, a black man experiencing apartheid in South Africa with his parents and his 4 brothers, the Reverend stated that labeling Israel an apartheid country “trivializes the word apartheid, minimizing and belittling the magnitude of the racism and suffering endured by South Africans of color.”
These are dark times for Israel and the Jewish people. It seems we are under attack from all sides. But we must never forget that we have friends all over the world. Friends prepared to put their lives in danger to speak the truth about Israel and the Jewish people. I recently learned that Rev. Meshoe and his family have been threatened for speaking up on behalf of Israel and denying that myth of apartheid.
Free speech seems not to be so free when speaking on behalf of Israel, a democracy in a sea of theocratic autocracies.
The Reverend made us laugh when he said that one of the reasons Jews are not liked by some is that God gave the Jews brains which they don’t have. He told us proudly “Believe this black man when he says ‘You are special.’”
Reverend Meshoe was brought to Canada by Stand With Us Canada, a Jewish advocacy organization on university campuses, and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Canada, to speak against the lies told by those who want to see the end of Israel. Meshoe speaks with passion about Israel. Israel, he says, is a miracle. It’s a nation that’s survived and thrived despite the hatred of others around her.
He likes to quote Genesis 12:2. “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you” because he believes with his whole mind, heart and soul that those who turn against Israel suffer while those that support her do well. He used Zambia as an example. Her economy was thriving while engaged with Israel and dropped like a stone when Zambia broke off relations in 1973. Meshoe believes the turning point for Africa was 1973 when she turned away from Israel toward Egypt. Genesis 12:2.
I had asked about Desmond Tutu and churches that support BDS. He said there are two types of Christians. Those who believe in the Bible and the obligation to support Israel and the Jewish people, and those like Tutu and the United Church of Canada who don’t follow Scripture.
He said Christians must not be ashamed to speak up against accusations of apartheid. He wants us to know that the nay-sayers are loud and give the impression that they are bigger than they are. Isn’t that so true. How many times have we heard about the silent majority in Canada and the US? He assured us that most South Africans love Israel but are intimidated into silence.
Philosopher and playwright Jean-Paul Sartre wrote that anti-Semites devaluate words. Absurd remarks intimidate and disconcert adversaries, which is quicker and easier than persuading by argument. Sartre noted the more absurd the remark, the wilder the fib, the bigger the advantage gained.
Meshoe speaks to that sentiment. “The very idea that Israel is an apartheid state cheapens the word apartheid – it is an insult to every South African who endured the inhumanity and pain of it.”
When Meshoe spoke there was energy in the room. He is an impressive man. Fearless. He will not tolerate anti-semitism. He will not let others abuse the meaning of apartheid for their own. Regarding the Palestinian accusations of Israeli as an apartheid state, Meshoe said in 2011:
“I think it’s just a strategy that the Palestinians are using to get sympathy. Most people in the world were sympathetic to black people in South Africa because of apartheid. The Palestinians saw the sympathy at that time because of apartheid. Now they think that if they use the same word apartheid, that the sympathy that the people had on blacks in South Africa will be upon them also as Palestinians.”
Much of his talk is spent deconstructing the comparison of South Africa and Israel as apartheid nations. Not difficult when one knows the facts. And that’s the problem that Meshoe is addressing. The lack of facts. He told us that South Africans that go to Israel are shocked. So prepared are they for segregation that they can’t get over men and women, of all races, colours, religions being together on the beach, in restaurants, hotels, buses, lavatories.
Unheard of in apartheid South Africa.
He told us a story of a pastor friend on tour with others in Israel who required hospitalization. He, a black man, was on a gurney between a Jewish man and a Muslim receiving the same care from medical staff that was also mixed.
Unheard of in apartheid South Africa.
Meshoe acknowledges there are those in the SA parliament who are against Israel, who believe that Israel is guilty of apartheid, but their motions have been defeated by people like Meshoe. He is instilling in those to whom he speaks the courage to speak with a loud voice, too.
Reverend Meshoe is dedicating himself to spreading the word about Israel through his new organization, DEISI, establish
Here are two things he wants to see before he dies: an Israeli Prime Minister welcomed in South Africa and Israel’s technology freely found in South Africa, in all of Africa, to lift the continent out of poverty.
I hear in his words a man who cares deeply for his people; a man who wants the citizens in Africa to be healthy and prosperous, have access to clean water and good crops, to media that will open the world to them; to peace from tribal warfare. He looked around and saw Israel, a small democracy surrounded by failed autocracies that offered to provide that help and refused to accept the political machinations that would turn away from that outstretched hand.
Reverend Meshoe is a man of God, deeply connected to Scripture, who carries within a strong belief that God raised the Jews up to bless the nations. He says with certainty when the relationship between Israel and Africa is repaired, when the “myth of apartheid” is destroyed, Africa will be blessed and will thrive. Genesis 12:2