CPT was represented at the third annual Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in Bethlehem, sponsored by the Bethlehem Bible College on March 10 and 11.
Before the conference began, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that the Christ at the Checkpoint conference “is anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. The newspaper Israel Today, referring to the conference called it “a serious long term threat to Israel’s security…using religion for the purpose of incitement.”
In response, organizers of the conference quoted parts of the conference manifesto; “…commitment to the kingdom of God and the values of the kingdom of God…it also underlines our commitment to peacemaking and reconciliation and our rejection of violence.”
The two presentations that CPT attended clearly spoke to the tenets of the conference manifesto, stressing the need to own up to our own shortcomings, and the need for forgiveness if there is ever to be peace.
These two opposing points of view on the importance and value of the conference, stresses how difficult this road to peace truly is and the importance of continuing conferences such as Christ at the Checkpoint promoting peace and understanding.