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SABEEL ECUMENICAL LIBERATION THEOLOGY CENTER (SABEEL) (SELTC) Printer Friendly Page

Updating the Ancient Infrastructure of Christian Contempt: Sabeel
By Dexter Van Zile
January 2011

Sabeel's Teachings of Contempt
By Dexter Van Zile
June 2005

Boston's Old South Church Welcomes Sabeel
By Dexter Van Zile
October 10, 2007

Liberation Theology in the Middle East
By Mark D. Tooley
May 23, 2006

Sabeel's Demonizing Liturgy
By Dexter Van Zile
December 7, 2007

Sabeel's Ecumenical Facade
NGO Monitor
July 10, 2005

Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center: An ADL Backgrounder
By Coalition for Responsible Peace in the Middle East
October 2005

A Primer on Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
By Coalition for Responsible Peace in the Middle East
October 2005

Racist Road Show
By Alyssa A. Lappen
October 12, 2005

Friends of Terror
By Mark D. Tooley
October 28, 2009

Anglican Priest Disgraces Authentic Christianity
By Dexter Van Zile
July 27, 2009

Anti-Israel Outfit Turns to America for Funds
By Mark D. Tooley
September 29, 2008

NGO News in Brief
By NGO Monitor
June 5, 2008

Christian 'Peace' Group's Medieval-style Hatred
By Dexter Van Zile
April 28, 2008

Sabeel’s Rhetoric Questioned by Jewish Peace Activists
By Dexter Van Zile
March 28, 2008

"Friends of Sabeel," CAIR, and Middle East Studies Profs. Join Forces
By Cinnamon Stillwell
February 7, 2008

A Liberationist Baby Jesus for the Palestinians
By Mark D. Tooley
December 26, 2007

The Grinch that Destroys Christmas
By HonestReporting.com
December 12, 2007

NGO News in Brief
By NGO Monitor
November 5, 2007

Tutu’s Words of Philo-Semitism Ring Hollow
By Dexter Van Zile
November 5, 2007

Sabeel Conferences: Fuelling the Arab-Israeli Conflict
By NGO Monitor
October 10, 2007

NGO News in Brief
By NGO Monitor
August 1, 2007

NGO News in Brief
By NGO Monitor
July 2, 2007

"EU-Funded NGOs Lead Anti-Israel Events on Anniversary of 1967 War"
By NGO Monitor
June 5, 2007

Palestinian Liberation Theology
By Shelley Neese
April 20, 2007

Local NGO News
By NGO Monitor
March 20, 2007

CAMERA Clarifies Sabeel's Agenda in Jewish Advocate
By CAMERA
January 18, 2007

"Divestment from Israel, the Liberal Churches, and Jewish Responses: A Strategic Analysis"
By Eugene Korn
January 1, 2007

International Human Rights Day 2006 - NGO Complicity in Exploiting Human Rights Norms
By NGO Monitor
December 7, 2006

NGO Activity in Brief
By NGO Monitor
November 9, 2006

Israeli and Palestinian NGO Activity
By NGO Monitor
October 18, 2006

Controversy over Kansas City Sabeel Conference
By NGO Monitor
October 18, 2006

Aftermath of Lebanon War and NGO Activity
By NGO Monitor
September 17, 2006

Other NGO Activity in Brief
By NGO Monitor
September 17, 2006

NGO Activity in Brief
By NGO Monitor
July 17, 2006

Anti-Israel Divestment Collapses
By Mark Tooley
June 23, 2006

Palestinian NGO Activity - Sabeel
By NGO Monitor
June 21, 2006

Divestment Rebounds on Palestinians
By Malcolm Lowe
May 28, 2006

NGOs Continue to Promote Divestment
By NGO Monitor
May 16, 2006

Christian Aid, EAPPI and CTBI Promote Palestinian Narrative in Peace "Advocacy Week"
By NGO Monitor
April 2006

The Anti-Semitism of the Presbyterian Church, USA
By Diana Appelbaum
March 24, 2006

Sabeel and other NGOs Fight Church of England Freeze on Caterpillar Disinvestment
By NGO Monitor
March 23, 2006

Sabeel Continues to Promote the Durban Agenda
By NGO Monitor
February 26, 2006

NGOs Continue to Push Divestment/Boycott Campaigns
By NGO Monitor
January 17, 2006

Chicago Tribune Public Editor Lauds Sabeel
CAMERA
October 25, 2005

Overview of Sabeel
By Coalition for Responsible Peace in the Middle East
October 2005

Sabeel No Friend of Peace
By Dexter Van Zile
October 2005

The Sabeel Center: A Driving Force of Divestment
By Coalition for Responsible Peace in the Middle East
October 2005

Token Perspective Not Real Dialogue
By Gerald L. Sorokin and Jeffrey R. Portman
October 2005

Repudiate SABEEL's Messages of Intolerance and Hate
By Coalition for Responsible Peace in the Middle East
October 2005

A Call for Morally Responsible Investment: CRP's Footnoted Version
By Coalition for Responsible Peace in the Middle East
October 2005

Analysis of SABEEL Document for "Morally Responsible Investment"
By Coalition for Responsible Peace in the Middle East
October 2005

Why Is SABEEL Silent about Persecution of Christians in the Palestinian Authority?
By Coalition for Responsible Peace in the Middle East
October 2005

A Primer on Divestment in Mainline Churches
By Coalition for Responsible Peace in the Middle East
October 2005

Discredited Christian Theology and the New anti-Semitism
By Michael C. Kotzin
September 9, 2005

Radicalized Palestinian Christian Group Pushes Protestant Churches Toward Divestment
By Anti-Defamation League
August 23, 2005

 


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PO Box 49084
Jerusalem
91491
Phone :(+972) 2 5327136
Fax :(+972) 2 5327137
Email :
eel@sabeel.org
URL: Website
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  • Anti-Israel NGO



Founded in 1989 and based in Jerusalem, the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center is directed by Naim Ateek, former Canon of St. George's Cathedral in Jerusalem. Sabeel describes itself as "an ecumenical grassroots liberation theology movement among Palestinian Christians." The organization "hopes to connect the true meaning of Christian faith with the daily lives of all those who suffer under occupation, violence, discrimination, and human rights violations," and it "encourages Christians from around the world to work for justice and to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people." Reliable funding information is unavailable, but support for Sabeel is apparently provided by church-based groups in North America and Europe, including the Mennonite Central Committee.

Sabeel identifies its major programs as follows:

Community Building Program: "Due to ever increasing limitations on movement and freedom, the [Palestinian] community is under a great deal of economic and civic stress. ... [This program] seeks to educate the community on the political situation … [and] foster a sense of solidarity …"

Youth Program: "The youth of Palestine - Israel are eager to see an end to violence and to become contributing citizens of a respectful pluralistic society.  [This program] seeks to provide opportunities for young people from different churches meet and get to know each other …"

Women's Program: This program features "day trips bringing together Palestinian and Israeli Arab women for Bible study and reflection, visits to local organizations, and discussion of contemporary topics."

Clergy Program: "Palestine is the spiritual home of numerous Christian denominations, but historical and theological differences have often made difficult cooperation between denominations.  [This program] seeks to nurture unity and mutual support among local clergy, [and] encourage ecumenical thought and action ..." 

International Program: This program "seeks to educate the Christian community worldwide about the present reality of Palestinian Christians, provide accurate and timely interpretation of events from a Palestinian Christian perspective, and arrange opportunities for foreigners to meet and know Palestinians."

Sabeel promotes an anti-Israel agenda in Protestant churches in both North America and Europe and has supported the divestment campaign against Israel.

The extreme positions of Sabeel are given voice by its Director Naim Ateek, who has said, on various occasions: "It seems to many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around him. […] The Israeli government crucifixion system is operating daily"; and "Israel has placed a large boulder, a big stone that has metaphorically shut off the Palestinians in a tomb. It is similar to the stone placed on the entrance of Jesus' tomb…" 

Sabeel supports a "one-state solution" to the Arab-Israeli conflict, where Israel would continue to exist, but not as a Jewish state. "As part of a democratic, binational Palestine," says Ateek, "the Jews would eventually become a minority in the country."

In 2002 the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, signed on informally as an international patron for Sabeel in order to "assist the Palestinian Christian organization in its outreach and development work with Christian Churches around the world." Rev. John Gladwin, Bishop of Chelmsford and Chairman of Christian Aid's Board of Trustees, is a patron of Sabeel's UK branch. Paul Dean, who sits on Christian Aid's Executive Committee, also participates in Sabeel activities. And Afif Safieh, the PLO representative in London, is a major supporter of Sabeel and its ideology.

In its English-language quarterly publication Cornerstone, Sabeel highlights its activities both locally and internationally, and presents theological reflections on contemporary social and political events.


Parts of this profile are adapted, with permission, from NGO Monitor.

 

 

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