Saturday, January 28, 2012

B'nai B'rith Opposes German Media Prize Nominee; Says Mitri Raheb Views Christians Above Jews

The Ecumenical News International website reports today (January 28, 2012) that the Jewish organization B'nai B'rith International yesterday called for the committee of the prestigious German Media Prize to reconsider its recognition of Mitri Raheb, an Evangelical Lutheran pastor in Bethlehem.

Raheb is due to be presented with the prize on February 24 in recognition of his creation of schools, health centers, and meeting places.

But B'nai B'rith -- a humanitarian, human rights, and advocacy organization -- said it was opposed to Raheb's views.

It said his views "echo the widely eschewed replacement theology maintaining that Christians have superseded Jews in the Divine plan and have inherited God's promises to Jews."