We are followers of Jesus who unashamedly support Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign Jewish state. In recent years, however, this position has become increasingly challenged and questioned by a growing number of people in our world—including many within the Christian community. This is a reality that deserves attention, and we want to help provide some answers to their questions through the real life journey of Todd Morehead—and especially through the lens of Israelis and Palestinians who have been directly impacted by the conflict.
Additionally, we believe in the inherent dignity of all people living in the Holy Land—which includes Arabs and other minorities who live in Israel and the Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza). These people matter to God, and therefore they should matter to us. In getting to know these people we have come to discover that many of them—despite the challenges they sometimes face as minorities—courageously support Israel’s existence—even with its flaws and growing pains—and they want their voice to be heard. We want to help them.
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel
Why Do We Need Another Film About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
Surprisingly none of the feature length films that have been produced in recent years for the Christian community have included the perspective of Arabs and other minorities in the Holy Land and Middle East who support Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign Jewish state. It would be similar to telling the story of European Christians during WWII who were either apathetic or sympathetic to the Nazi Party and ignoring the stories of courageous Christians like Dietrich Bonhoeffer or Corrie ten Boom who opposed it.
Sadly, many of the films that have been marketed to Christian audiences in recent years present a narrative that…
We believe that this perspective is disingenuous, fuels antisemitism, and does nothing more than serve those whose goal is another Holocaust.
Best-selling novelist, Jack Engelhard, in response to his concerns about the growing number of antisemitic laden attacks that many pro-Israel Jewish students have been facing on some U.S. college campuses, made this challenge in November 2014 to the Christian community:
So where are the Christians who’ve been taught to love their neighbor – who’ve been raised to serve as shelters to those who suffer? Silence? Yes you are your brother’s keeper. But where are you? Your fellow students could use a helping hand. Your fellowship is urgently needed.
The Christian community has been summoned and this film will seek to be one of those “helping hands.”