Dozens of Christian Leaders Sign Letter Bashing Israel and Repeating Pro-Hamas Talking Points

Nearly 70 international “Christian” church leaders and aid agencies have signed their names to the letter insisting that UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak call for an end to fighting in Gaza. The letter goes far beyond this, however, repeating Hamas’s talking points, lying about Israel’s campaign in Gaza, and expending the vast majority of the leatter airing grievances about Israel.

Some notable signees include leaders in the ELCA, UCC, Church of England, United Reformed Church, and United Methodist. One name that jumps out is ELCA head Elizabeth Eaton, who released a letter last month blaming Israel for the attacks by Hamas, suggesting they brought it upon themselves.

Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton. Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson. General Minister and President, United Church of Christ (UCC)
Rev. Adam Taylor. President, Sojourners
Rt. Rev. Sally Foster-Fulton. Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland
Rev. Dr. Tessa Henry-Robinson. Moderator of the General Assembly, United Reformed Church
John Hill. Interim General Secretary, The United Methodist Church
Rev. Dr. Jo Bailey Wells. Deputy Secretary General, Anglican Communion
Rev. Gill Newton. President, Conference of the Methodist Church in Britain

Naturally, the letter flattens the whole conflict and creates an equivalency on both sides, suggesting the purposeful and intentional murder, rape, and kidnapping of men and women, and children is exactly the same same as the ancillary, unintended deaths of citizens killed when attacking military targets.

After giving a cursory “we join in grief for the Israelis and Palestinians who are mourning loved ones who have died” and we “oppose violence, whether directed toward Israelis or Palestinians,” they begin their trickery:

‘We acknowledge the profound and existential grief experienced as a result of the actions of Hamas on October 7 as a tragedy for Jewish people in Israel and around the world. We weep with those who have loved ones held hostage, and we pray for their immediate release.”

They never say what these actions by Hamas are. They never say what happened on October 7th. They don’t decry the war crime that was the purposeful and intentional murder, rape, torture, psychological torment, and kidnapping of 1400 men and women and children. They don’t mention the continued rocket attacks. They don’t give any numbers for the atrocities committed against Israel but are sure to enumerate in detail what Israel has done in response.

Our broken hearts weep as we hear of Palestinian babies in Gaza dying and of the thousands of children who have lost their lives. More than eleven thousand Palestinians have been killed, tens of thousands have been wounded, and 1.6 million have been displaced from their homes and communities.

Claimed numbers of deaths in Gaza come from the Gaza Health Ministry, which Hamas runs, and there is no reason to trust any numbers or stats they offer. But now, after tossing a few trite words of condolence to Israel, they offer eight paragraphs of anti-Israel sentiment.

It is unacceptable that millions of people are in desperate need of clean water, adequate food, fuel for electricity, and urgently needed medical supplies. Without safe drinking water and proper medical supplies, poor hygiene conditions have already led to more preventable deaths, especially among children.

We weep with broken hearts as we hear of hospitals, mosques, churches, and schools damaged and destroyed by this war. In Gaza, there is no safe place. There is no refuge. There is no escape.

Because Hamas hides in these places and carries out military engagements from these locations, any damage sustained is on Hamas’ heads.

The escalation of war cannot be adequately understood without acknowledging the conflict’s broader backdrop – ongoing Israeli occupation and the disenfranchisement of Palestinians for more than 70 years. Three-quarters of Palestinian residents of Gaza are refugees dating back to 1948. Before 7 October 2023 had already been on track to be the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since the Second Intifada in 2000.

Under the current Israeli government, there has been a significant expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank, emboldening Israeli settlers to act with impunity as they attack Palestinians and force them from their homes.

Settler violence has brutally intensified since 7th October, while there has been an increase in abuse, harassment, and discrimination of Palestinian Israeli citizens in Israel. A future where all human dignity in the region is respected looks distant if these realities are not acknowledged.

I.e., they brought this upon themselves. They continue, spreading the lie that Israel is involved in an “unrestrained bombing campaign with horrific indiscriminate effects.”

We stand up ardently against the vitriolic hatred that is being expressed around the world toward Jews, Muslims, and others because of firmly held convictions about the war. We condemn crimes of hate and uphold that all people should be able to live without fear, with security, and with equally protected human rights. We lament how this conflict is straining community cohesion and interreligious efforts.

We write as religious leaders to say enough is enough. We cannot remain silent as generations of families in Gaza are wiped out in an instant. World leaders cannot sit by while Palestinian civilians in Gaza experience such catastrophic destruction and trauma. The relentless and unrestrained bombing campaign with horrific indiscriminate effects and the ground invasion by Israel must end.

We are deeply grieved by the complicity of the United States and several other Western countries in the continued violence through efforts to actively oppose a ceasefire, including by vetoing multiple United Nations Resolutions.

This is pure propaganda, and shame on these folk, many which are of their father the devil, for signing it.


The full letter and signatories below:

Rt Hon Rishi Sunak

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

No 10 Downing Street,

London, SW1P 2AB

November 29, 2023

“My eyes fail from weeping,

I am in torment within;

my heart is poured out on the ground

because my people are destroyed,

because children and infants faint

in the streets of the city.”

Lamentations 2:11

Dear Prime Minister,

We have watched in horror and sadness at the devastation unfolding in Palestine and Israel since October 7th. As leaders of Christian communities throughout the world, we join in grief for the Israelis and Palestinians who are mourning loved ones who have died.

Our faith compels us to speak out. To make clear that we oppose violence, whether directed toward Israelis or Palestinians. Even the loss of one more life is one too many. International humanitarian law must be respected and adhered to by all sides.

We welcome the recent announcement about the release of dozens of hostages and a parallel prisoner exchange, in addition to the desperately needed few days of a cessation of violence. Now is the time to redouble our efforts to insist that a long-standing bilateral ceasefire comes to fruition.

We acknowledge the profound and existential grief experienced as a result of the actions of Hamas on October 7 as a tragedy for Jewish people in Israel and around the world. We weep with those who have loved ones held hostage, and we pray for their immediate release.

Like the author of Lamentations, our broken hearts weep as we hear of Palestinian babies in Gaza dying and of the thousands of children who have lost their lives. More than eleven thousand Palestinians have been killed, tens of thousands have been wounded, and 1.6 million have been displaced from their homes and communities.

It is unacceptable that millions of people are in desperate need of clean water, adequate food, fuel for electricity, and urgently needed medical supplies. Without safe drinking water and proper medical supplies, poor hygiene conditions have already led to more preventable deaths, especially among children.

We weep with broken hearts as we hear of hospitals, mosques, churches, and schools damaged and destroyed by this war. In Gaza, there is no safe place. There is no refuge. There is no escape.

The escalation of war cannot be adequately understood without acknowledging the conflict’s broader backdrop – ongoing Israeli occupation and the disenfranchisement of Palestinians for more than 70 years. Three-quarters of Palestinian residents of Gaza are refugees dating back to 1948. Before 7 October 2023 had already been on track to be the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since the Second Intifada in 2000.

Under the current Israeli government, there has been a significant expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank, emboldening Israeli settlers to act with impunity as they attack Palestinians and force them from their homes.

Settler violence has brutally intensified since 7th October, while there has been an increase in abuse, harassment, and discrimination of Palestinian Israeli citizens in Israel. A future where all human dignity in the region is respected looks distant if these realities are not acknowledged.

We stand up ardently against the vitriolic hatred that is being expressed around the world toward Jews, Muslims, and others because of firmly held convictions about the war. We condemn crimes of hate and uphold that all people should be able to live without fear, with security, and with equally protected human rights. We lament how this conflict is straining community cohesion and interreligious efforts.

We write as religious leaders to say enough is enough. We cannot remain silent as generations of families in Gaza are wiped out in an instant. World leaders cannot sit by while Palestinian civilians in Gaza experience such catastrophic destruction and trauma. The relentless and unrestrained bombing campaign with horrific indiscriminate effects and the ground invasion by Israel must end.

We are deeply grieved by the complicity of the United States and several other Western countries in the continued violence through efforts to actively oppose a ceasefire, including by vetoing multiple United Nations Resolutions.

Instead, we call on governments worldwide to do everything possible to secure a bilateral ceasefire, one that will stop all violence from Hamas and Israel, allow for the safe release of civilian hostages held in Gaza, and give immediate and adequate access to desperately needed humanitarian aid to be delivered, including through crossings to Israel.

Without an agreed upon end to violence from all parties – there is no path forward. We call on all governments to show support for the protection of all human life, advocating for a just and durable resolution to this crisis in which all Israelis and Palestinians might realize a vision of a just peace, illuminating human dignity, advancing security and self-determination for all.

Yours sincerely,

Christine Allen

Director, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development

Dr. Nicola Brady

General Secretary, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

The Rt. Rev. Christopher Chessun

The Lord Bishop of Southwark, Church of England

Rt. Rev. Michael Doe

Assistant Bishop and Preacher to Gray’s Inn (London)

Anglican Diocese of Southwark Trustee

The Balfour Project

Rt. Rev. Sally Foster-Fulton

Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland

Rev. Dr. Tessa Henry-Robinson

Moderator of the General Assembly, United Reformed Church

John Hill

Interim General Secretary, The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society

The Most Rev. Dr. Michael Jackson

Archbishop of Dublin, Church of Ireland

Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael Langrish

Former Bishop of Exeter

Tim Livesey

Chief Executive, Embrace the Middle East

Very Rev. Andrew R.C. McLellan, C.B.E.

Former Moderator, General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

Rev. Gill Newton

President, Conference of the Methodist Church in Britain

Paul Parker

Recording Clerk, Quakers in Britain

Father Timothy Radcliffe, OP

Former Master of the Order of Preachers

Rev. Chris Rose

Director, Amos Trust

Patrick Watts

Director, Christian Aid

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jo Bailey Wells

Deputy Secretary General, Anglican Communion, London

Joyce Ajlouny

General Secretary, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Archbishop Vicken Aykazian

Ecumenical Director and Diocesan Legate Diocese, Armenian Church of America (Eastern)

Rev. David E. Bennett

President, Moravian Church Provincial Elders’ Conference

Rev. Bronwen Boswell

Acting Stated Clerk, General Assembly Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Bishop Susan J. Briner

Southwestern Texas Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Rev. LaMarco Antonio Cable

Co-Executive, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ (UCC)

Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar

Oregon Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Executive Director, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)

The Rt. Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler

Episcopal Bishop of Wyoming, Founding President of CARAVAN

Stassi Cramm

President, Community of Christ

Rev. Dr. Rob Dalrymple

Leadership Board, Network of Evangelicals for the Middle East (NEME)

Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe

Diocese of Central New York, The Episcopal Church

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton

Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Pastor Ps L. Elliott

General Secretary, Rhema Family Churches

Bishop Paul D. Erickson

Greater Milwaukee Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

General Secretary Emeritus, Reformed Church in America (RCA)

Susan Gunn

Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Andrew S. Hamilton

District Executive, Southeastern District Church of the Brethren

Lisa Sharon Harper

President and Founder, Freedom Road

The Rev. Deborah Hutterer

Bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod, Evangelical Church in America (ELCA)

Bishop Richard Jaech

Southwestern Washington Synod, Evangelical Church in America (ELCA)

Rev. Kevin T Jones

Bishop of Northeastern Iowa Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Rev. Nicolas Kazarian

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Dr. Peter Makari

Co-Executive, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ (UCC)

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

Anglican Church of Southern Africa

Rev. Felix Malpica

Bishop of the La Crosse Area Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

The Rev. Lee M. Miller II

Bishop of the Upstate NY Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Professor Leepo Modise

University of South Africa

Bridget Moix

General Secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

Bishop Joy Mortensen-Wiebe

South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Rev. Dr. Lungile Mpetsheni

General Secretary, The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana

General Secretary, South African Council of Churches

Scott Murphy

President, Community of Christ

Rev. Siphiwe Ndebele

Evangelical Alliance of South Africa

Rev. David M. Neuhaus, SJ

Superior of Holy Land Jesuits

Rev. Amy J. Odgren

Northeastern Minnesota Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens

General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada

Rev. Dr. Tyrone S. Pitts

General Secretary Emeritus/Ecumenical Office , Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc.

The Rt. Rev. Bavi Rivera

Bishop of Eastern Oregon, The Episcopal Church

Richard L. Santos

President and CEO, Church World Service (CWS)

Bishop G.S. Seane

Central Diocese, Evangelical Lutheran Church of South Africa (ELCSA)

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

Catholic Bishop of Umtata, South Africa

Andrea Smith

Founding Board Member, Evangelicals4Justice

Rev. Jason Smith

Executive Director, BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz

Bishop Kevin L. Strickland

Southwestern Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Bishop Pedro M. Suarez

Florida-Bahamas Synod. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Rev. Adam Taylor

President, Sojourners

Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson

General Minister and President. United Church of Christ (UCC)

Rev. N. Tyokolwana

Moravian Church, South Africa

Nikki Toyama-Szeto

Executive Director. Christians for Social Action (CSA)

Rev. Sandra María Van Opstal

Founder, Chasing Justice

Father Thomas Zain

Vicar General, Antiochian Orthodox Church

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10 thoughts on “Dozens of Christian Leaders Sign Letter Bashing Israel and Repeating Pro-Hamas Talking Points

  1. Good thing we still have TRUE Christian leaders who love Israel like John Hagee, Beth Moore, Dr. Michael Brown, Jonathan Cahn, the NAR folks, etc.

    1. These are dispensational futurists who believe Israel will be nearly destroyed. The best of these ‘teachers’ are awful and the worst are heretics.

        1. “It’s all an allegory.” Why? So we are not tied to Scripture, and we can change whatever we want to fit whatever we want.

  2. There is a silver lining with these tragedies — such as terrorists attacking Israel, the rise of Woke-ism/totalitarianism, lock-downs, mandated vaccines and masks — which is they expose the hearts of many.

    Some wolves are still lurking in the shadows, and are trying to hide their true nature and intent. Nevertheless, it doesn’t take much discernment to detect them.

    On the other hand, you have some who are right in one more ways (e.g. on Israel, freedom, etc), but they have horrific theology, such as NAR, Cahn, etc.

  3. I’m guessing that if evil men had snuck into these individuals’ homes and gang raped, tortured, and slaughtered their families that they might have a different take on this situation…
    The Bible has absolutely no problem in calling for the elimination of evil – these woke church leaders should read it sometime.

  4. Anyone may (and do) call themselves Christians. See Matthew 7:22

    Just as many effeminates may call themselves female it is not so. See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

    Thanks, Protestia for continuing to uncover these evil children of Satan.

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