Dexter Van Zile

Dexter Van Zile is Christian media analyst for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. He has a BA in politics and government from the University of Puget Sound and an MA in political science/environmental studies from Western Washington University.

Publications by Dexter Van Zile

Updating the Ancient Infrastructure of Christian Contempt: Sabeel

Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, headquartered in Jerusalem, has been a persistent source of anti-Zionist agitation in mainline Protestant churches in the United States since its founding in 1994. The organization subjects Israel, Jews, and Judaism to intense scrutiny while remaining nearly silent about Arab and Muslim extremism in the Middle East. In addition to publicizing the writings of its founder, Anglican priest Naim Ateek, Sabeel broadcasts its message via regional conferenc Read More »

The U.S. Presbyterian Church’s Renewed Attack on Israel

The 2006 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church repudiated the anti-Zionist narrative affirmed by the previous gathering of this assembly in 2004. This repudiation, however, did not stop the denomination’s elected officials, staffers, and so-called peace activists from using the church’s resources to demonize Israel. Read More »

Mainline American Christian “Peacemakers” against Israel

In 2004 and 2005, a group of five liberal Protestant (or "mainline") churches in the United States broadcasted a narrative that portrayed Israel as almost solely responsible for the violence of the Second Intifada. This campaign was evident in "peacemaking" resolutions approved by the legislative bodies of these churches and in the books produced by the publishing houses associated with them. Read More »

Key Mennonite Institutions against Israel

Mennonite-supported peacemaking institutions have been at the forefront of the effort to discredit Israel to audiences in North America. These institutions portray Jewish sovereignty as the cause of conflict and suffering in the Middle East and downplay Muslim and Arab hostility toward Jews and Israel. Read More »