The program used, as one of their main experts, Lutheran Pastor Mitri Raheb. They are evidently unaware of Raheb’s extreme anti-Israel bias. I have written about Raheb and one of his anti-Semitic ideas at Critiquing the theologies and connections of some pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel leaders: a series # 4. He believes that those Israelis who came from Europe are not really Jews but rather ancestors of converts to Judaism.
At the 2010 Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in his speech Raheb stated:
I’m sure if we were to do a DNA test between David, who was a Bethlehemite, and Jesus, born in Bethlehem, and Mitri, born just across the street from where Jesus was born, I’m sure the DNA will show that there is a trace. While, if you put King David, Jesus and Netanyahu, you will get nothing, because Netanyahu comes from an East European tribe who converted to Judaism in the Middle Ages.
Raheb is using the old ploy of various anti-Semites. I explain in the above post:
Raheb is referring to the Khazars when he writes of an East European tribe that converted to Judaism in the middle ages. And there was such a tribe that did convert. In fact the European Jews were proud that a whole tribe had converted to Judaism. But that does not make every Jew living in Diaspora a member of the Khazars.
Another problem with the Sixty Minutes program is its reference to the Kairos Document. Both the interviewer, Bob Simon, and Raheb who he speaks to about the document made it sound as though it condemns both the Islamic extremist and Israel. But it does not. In fact the document blames acts of terrorism by extreme Palestinians on Israel. And it praises all who have fought for Palestine which would include the suicide bombers.
Undoubtedly the worst problem with the Kairos Document is its insistence that the State of Israel should not be a Jewish State. I have written about the document at Presbyterian Middle East Study Team & "The Kairos Palestine Document" no longer a Jewish Nation?
One other failure of the program is their disinterest in the Palestinian Evangelicals. As I pointed out in my posting The Christians of Gaza & questions it is among the Evangelicals of Gaza that Christians have suffered. While many of the other churches are ancient nonetheless the Evangelicals are Christians. Furthermore a few of the ancient church leaders of the Middle East are as tainted with anti-Semitism as some Christians of the Medieval Ages were. That is simply to say that the interviewer should have applied his skills of investigation in a far wider and deeper manner.
It is certain that Israel is causing many problems for Christians in Palestine, but it is even more certain that all the complexities of Middle East troubles, including extreme Islam, are influencing the Christian community to leave the Holy Land. Sixty Minutes allowed Raheb to turn “Christians of the Holy Land” into a propaganda piece against Israel.