The World Council of Churches (WCC) has been caught funding spies posing as tourists to present biased and incendiary reports about Israel’s “brutal and oppressive treatment” of Palestinians.
The WCC program called the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) sends foreign nationals to Samaria and Judea pretending to be tourists. Posing as Christian pilgrims visiting biblical sites around Jerusalem and Hebron, these politically-motivated activists take pictures and publish fake news reports slamming Israel’s so-called “abuses” against Palestinians.
In their “news reports,” these anti-Israel spies use Bible verses and theological terms “loaded with antisemitism,” said Amit Barak, one of the Israelis who exposed the group. They even posted antisemitic pictures like a “Star of David bleeding on Palestinian children,” he said.
Barak, who lives in the Judean mountains south of Bethlehem, kept seeing the EAPPI activists mingling outside his home. After several weeks of watching them pose as tourists, he decided to “take the gloves off” and expose their scam
Itai Reuveni, an expert working for NGO Monitor, pointed out that these EAPPI activists being sent only to Israel and not to any other conflict zone in the world proves that “it’s a political project in disguise of human rights.” Reuveni’s group reported that the World Council of Churches has sent 1,800 volunteers to Judea and Samria to “witness life under occupation.”
Despite marketing itself as a human rights and protection program, EAPPI places significant emphasis on political advocacy before, during, and after the trip. When volunteers return to their home countries and churches, they engage in anti-Israel advocacy, such as BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns and comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany.
WCC-funded activists have been working closely with Hassan Breijieh, spokesperson for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group. They also sent volunteers to the home of the Palestinian terrorist who stabbed to death Yosef Salomon, his daughter Chaya and son Elad in 2017.
According to The Jerusalem Post, the WCC has refused to comment on reports published by numerous news agencies exposing their illegal activities in Israel.