October 21, 2011, - 3:00 pm

HAMAS’ (& Fatah’s) Christian Terrorists: Meet Chris Al-Bandak of the Shalit Trade

By Debbie Schlussel

It’s important to note that there were Christian terrorists for Islam involved in this week’s HAMAS terrorist trade for Gilad Shalit. And as one Christian Fatah murderer was set free, another was captured planning an attack in Jerusalem.

Christian Terrorists for HAMAS/Fatah, Chris Al-Bandak and Dimitri Daliani
While the majority of Arab terrorists are Muslim, it’s important to note that there is a not-so-small contingent of Christians who not only openly support HAMAS and Fatah and other Islamic terrorist groups, but take part in their terrorist attacks and mass murders.  I’ve written about these people before.  HAMAS has had Christian leaders.  The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist group, which murdered Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi and perpetrated several deadly homicide bombings in Israel, was founded and headed by George Habash and deputy Dr. Wadih Haddad, both Greek Orthodox Christians.  Greek Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, and Coptic Christians are among the most anti-Semitic, anti-Israel fanatics there are.  In many cases, such as with Egypt’s Copts, they led the Muslims in pogroms against the Jews.

And that’s why, as I’ve noted before, I don’t shed any tears for the Copts being attacked by Muslims in Egypt.  They and their religious leader, Pope Shenouda III, are, in many cases, even more anti-Semitic than their Muslim countrymen in Egypt, and they’re big supporters of HAMAS, as lead by their pope.  And so it goes with the Greek Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox Churches in Israel.  Their religious leaders, including Jerusalem Greek Orthodox Church spokesman Atallah (a/k/a Theodosios) Hanna, frequently and openly attack Jews and call on congregants to support HAMAS.  Just as the many Islamic terrorists–and one Christian pan-Muslim terrorist among them–were released, this week, Israelis captured Dmitri Dalyani a/k/a Dmitri Diliani a/k/a Dimitri Diliani, a Palestinian Orthodox Christian and a Fatah terrorist, in Jerusalem.  Dalyani is part of the Fatah Revolutionary Council.  Fatah claimed Dalyani was “protecting” Jerusalem and its holy sites. Ah, a not-so-new euphemism for terrorism: “protecting.” And despite the fact that he’s suspected in terrorist attacks, Palestinian Christians backed him and threatened more anti-Israel terrorism a/k/a “Christian resistance”:

Christian groups in Jerusalem condemned the arrest of Dalyani, describing it as “a barbarous operation” and said it would only increase the strength of Christian resistance in Jerusalem.

And that brings us to Christian “Chris” Al-Bandak, one of the murderous Fatah terrorists released in the trade for Gilad Shalit.  Like, Dalyani a/k/a Diliani, Bandak is an Eastern Orthodox Christian and a cold-blooded killer.  He was arrested at the Church of the Nativity after he killed at least two Israelis and seriously wounded a third in 2002.  He is a member of the Fatah Tanzim, arguably the most brutal and deadly segment of the Fatah terrorist group.  In 2003, he received four life sentences from an Israeli court.  And, now, he is free, and using his freedom from justice to invoke Christianity in his attacks on Jews and Israel in interviews with the Muslim media. Remember that HAMAS, not Fatah, fought for his release. He’s one of them. But same difference, anyway.

I’m not surprised by any of this, and as  you know, I’ve repeatedly warned on this site about the Christian element of the Islamic terrorism movements in the Middle East.  Sadly, most people are oblivious to it or choose to ignore and deny it.  So, I wasn’t surprised when I wrote about Mosab Yousef, the “Son of HAMAS,” and his vehemently anti-Israel Christian missionary co-author and handler, Ron Brackin, whom I personally know and who repeatedly attacked Israel on a phone call with me.

Yes, there are many–far too many–Christians in the Middle East (and America) who not only side with Islamic terrorists, but take part in their murderous, deadly attacks.  While it’s true that the main aggressors are Islam and Muslims, the fact remains that throughout Middle East history, the Christian populations–now, themselves, under attack and in danger of extinction–eagerly sided with Muslims against the Jews.  And that isn’t just a relic of the past.

It’s a very real fact of the present to which Christians worldwide must own up.

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As Hugh Fitzgerald normally describes this phenomenon,’Islamo-Christians’ – Arab Christians who emphasize their loyalty to Arab ethnicity by demonstrating support of Islam.

Note that the phenomenon of “islamochristians” is particularly pronounced among the “Palestinian” Arabs. Despite the obvious and steady pressure on Christians and Christianity wherever the “Palestinians” have extended their sway, Naim Ateek and Hanan Ashrawi are both perfect examples of the cunning propagandistic use to which islamochristians can be put. Why, Naim Ateek is the go-to guy for the Christian churches’ Middle-Eastern policy, judging by all the divestment measures he has skillfully, sabeellly, managed to push. And we all know of the requited affection between the late Peter Jennings and Hanan Ashrawi, whom he had as a special guest on September 13, 2001, to discuss you-know-what.

Compare, among those who live in or came from predominantly Muslim lands and who are Christians, the non-Arab and the Arab Christians. It is fascinating to see the difference. Christian Pakistanis have nothing to do with Islam. They do not defend it in the slightest. Look at Christian Iranians. They do not defend Islam. They have nothing to do with it. Look at Christian blacks in Nigeria or the Sudan. They have nothing to do with Islam. Look at Christians in Indonesia. They feel no need to defend Islam.

As far as the Eastern Orthodox groups go, even though they are not Arabs – the Copts, the Greeks and the Russians (curiously enough, the Ethiopians, who are also Eastern Orthodox, don’t seem inflicted w/ the same desease) – the only thing I can guess is that their pre-Islamic enemity towards the Jews is something they just use to detract Muslim hatred from themselves – not that it necessarily works, or even deserves to.

In short, Arab Christians are not allies of even Christians in the rest of the world, when it is a Muslims vs Christians conflict.

Infidel on October 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Infidel, I’ll go even further. Most anti-Semitism from the countries you named (including Iran) come from religious Muslims. Secular Muslims from Iran and the other non-Arab Muslim countries seem to be much less anti-Semitic.

    Unfortunately for Israel, Arabs by and large hate Jews more than whatever hatred various Arab factions have for each other.

    This means whether Arabs happen to be devout,secular,Muslim,Christian,monarchist,communist,socialist,etc, they UNITE in their hatred of Jews, despite the hatred that exists among all the factions I just named.

    Scott on October 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      In the Middle East, they may all hate each other but what unifies them all is hatred of the Jews.

      Oh and despite being a visceral Israel hater, it wasn’t enough to save Moammar Qaddafi from being slaughtered the hands of his own people.

      I don’t expect the “new” Libya to be any different from the old one and the fact angry Arab mobs forced the expulsion of a Jew who sought to reopen the Tripoli synagogue spoke volumes about the true meaning of the Arab Spring.

      NormanF on October 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm

        Norman: check out Weasel Zippers. These clowns have already gone Islamist in LIbya.

        Occam's Tool on October 24, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Middle Eastern Christians are spear carriers for Islam.

    They were the greatest proponents of Arab nationalism.

    Now that its on its deathbed and Islamists are taking over, they find themselves now under attack.

    Spare us their crocodile tears. What Robert Spencer won’t tell you is they brought it on themselves.

    NormanF on October 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Your one of the few people who has spoken out about this Debbie,but I am so glad you did. I have always been very deeply troubled by the hatred many so called Palestinian Christians have towards Israelis and Jewish people. On messageboards about the mideast conflict,the Palestinian Christians often sound as hateful and vindictive as Palestinian Muslims. Some other so called Palestinian Christians who were involved in violent actions against innocents was Nayef Hawatemeh who was behind the 1974 massacre of Israeli schoolchildren in Maalott,and Sirhan Sirhan the man who assasinated Robert Kennedy.

    ann on October 25, 2011 at 1:53 am

If the Israelis killed the terrorists on sight, and stopped providing money to “Palestinians” accidentally injured when Israel attacks a terrorist hide out, the terrorist attacks would lessen. But then Israel never learns. It seems world opinion is more important to the Israeli leaders than Jewish lives, and that puts us all at risk.

Kahane was a modern day prophet.

Jonathan E. Grant on October 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Jon, exactly.

    What’s happening to the Christians is what they did to the Jews for centuries.

    They still haven’t learned their hatred of the Jews is a dead end. One less group of anti-Semites for Israelis to have to deal with in the future.

    NormanF on October 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I haven’t heard of any mammoth air strikes mounted by the Israelis so I guess they’re just going to lie down for this. Damn shame. Sickening stuff.

samurai on October 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Samurai,you have to live in the real world. There’s no way Israel can reneg on the deal in the manner that you suggest. The whole world, including the US would turn against them.

    It’s a bad deal, but a deal they freely chose to enter into.

    They’ve got to stick to their word unless the Arabs violate it.

    Scott on October 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Sooner or later the Arabs will do something that will allow the Israelis to hit them. Unfortunately, we don’t let the Israelis deliver the knockout punch.

Occam's Tool on October 21, 2011 at 9:05 pm

LISTEN…im a arab and u guys better watch ur mouths…all this shit is stupid and fake and this PERSON who wrote it is just a hater who cant do anything in her life but write bad things about other religions…well arabs arent like that…soo guys are u really that stupid to just believe it?

SCOOBY DOO :) on October 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm

To the above poster – you arabs are worse than nazis.


The passage I cited was from Hugh Fitzgerald, who left Jihadwatch I think 2 years ago – I doubt that Debbie has the same differences w/ him that she has w/ Spencer. At any rate, Hugh recognized that Christian Arabs are problematic, and not to be trusted – hence he coined the term ‘islamo-christian’ to describe them. Spencer is somewhat different, like when he defended the statements of his church leader as being under community duress.

I agree – I don’t sympathize w/ the Copts or the Orthodox Christian Arabs. I do somewhat sympathize w/ the Assyrians and Maronites, but I doubt there are any left – most of the former are now in Syria, which they might have to flee again, while most of the latter have fled Lebanon.

As far as Israel goes, they need to be as ruthless w/ their Christian enemies as the Egyptians, Palis and Syrians are. That’s the only way Christians won’t be as enthusiastic in joining in the jihad.

Infidel on October 22, 2011 at 4:22 am

Just in case people forget – and they can at their own respective conveniences – organised X-tianinty started off as an ideology back at the dawn of the Dark Ages to unite and consolidate all the disparate tribes in the Roman Empire.

The X-tian anitsemitism occurred because Rome was having its problems with the Jewish population in Palestine, and the early X-tian churches initially pandered to the whims of whatever Caesar was calling the shots.

So when someone talks about Arab X-tians siding with Hizbo/Hamas/Fatah, they’re just following the age old tradition of pandering to their own respective Caesars running their churches.

Just a thought. Shabbat Shalom. Chag Sameach

The Reverend Jacques on October 22, 2011 at 7:49 am

    @ The Reverend Jackes,sir I do not appreciate you lying about the origin of my religion as to doing the whims of the Ceasar? are you just ignorant or a liar? Sir look at your history books,christian were persecuted by the empire, bc they were a monotheist,non image or idol worshippers and they did not bow to ceasar,that s just a fact of history that even recognized and reputable jew historian Josephus wrote about,christianity or x-tianity as you chose to insult it wasn t born out of political machinations as you categorycally stated,as the name says it:Christ-ianity, He is the author of it all,I could say a lot of things and all of it correct about your ignorance and stupidity,but I won t,I just don t share the hate for Israel that these different christians in name only have….if one claims to follow the biblical G-d one cannot and must n’t have that visceral hate for Israel… so please learn your history and don t lie about it.

    Juan on February 9, 2012 at 11:42 am

Hello Debbie,

I appreciate your bringing out this story. The only thing that needs correcting is that Orthodox and Coptics are NOT Christians and never will be. True Christianity is just a lifestyle. God did not create organized religion, it is man-made. I can only ask that you make that distinction in the future.

Manny Ortiz on October 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Amen Mannie. Sadly the label “Christian” has been inaccurately used [deliberately and ignorantly] for centuries.

    John Prewett on October 23, 2011 at 12:37 am

Dear Debbi,

George Habash was not a Christian. He was a communist and communists do not believe in any religion. He might have been born to Christian parents but obviously he was not brought up as a Christian.

I do not know much about the others so I will leave them open. Christian Copts were one hand with the Jews and they paid a dear price for that but they do not regret that. I am one of them and I categorically refute your claim about them spear headed pogroms against the Jews

GRS: WRONG. George Habash identified himself, as did his deputy Wadih Haddad, as a Christian. And your claim that Copts were “one hand with the Jews” and paid a price is the biggest bunch of BS I’ve ever heard. Just like the SS and the Gestapo were “one hand with the Jews and paid a dear price.” Your own scumbag of a “pope,” Pope Shenouda III, repeatedly calls Jews “Christ killers” in his sermons and calls on Copts to support HAMAS. Are you gonna lie some more and claim you “categorically refute” that, too? Hilarious. Will you ever stop lying? Will you ever stop supporting your piece of crap, open Jew-hater of a “pope?” Of course, not. An vehement Jew-hater like that is the revered world leader of the Copts for a reason: the Copts agree with and condone his Jew-hatred and anti-Jewish comments.

They–the COPTS–were the perpetrators of many of the pogroms against Jews in Egypt, with the Muslims following them. Again, ttop lying. Actually, you’ve refuted nothing. Saying you refute a fact is a joke. You can claim that you “categorically” deny the truth, but facts are stubborn things. The Copts are even worse than Muslims in their anti-Semitism which is really saying something. Again, they repeatedly led pogroms against the Jews of Egypt and slaughtered many Jews in cold blood. What is happening to them now is a case of karma. So sad, too bad. I suppose you will also “categorically” “refute” that the Nazis killed Jews, too. DS

G. R. SCHAROUBIM on October 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm

This is another case of people trying to apease de real agressors picking a weak target.

When I used to hang in arab-“Christian” group chats. I was amazed in how much they would spew islamic rethoric, even in disagreement with the Bible they are supposed to follow. Some Copts went even further claming that the Jewish Bible was not from the Same God as the New Testament (as every Christian should believe).

Deborah has a point here: many so called Christians in the Middle East side with Muslims in their attacks against the Jews. Like I said, it might be a tactic to avoid being targeted themselves.

But anyhow, whatever the reason is, it must be said and revelead to the world the anti-semitism that flows inside these make believe Christians.

Mats on October 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

Why any Christian would support Hamas and Fatah makes NO sense to me.

Do they actually think the Moooooslims are gonna differentiate them from the “bad” Christians?

It’ll be convert or die. I have no idea why these two fools think they’ll be able to avoid that.

Skunky on October 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Race almost always trumps religion. And that goes double for the Middle East. Arab Christians, despite their theology, are still Arabs. And their blood loyalty drives an innate loathing of Jews.

Debbie is right, by the way, about the late Christian terrorist, Dr. George Habash, founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a group that literally invented airline hijacking back in 1968. People have an eternally resourceful ability to rationalize actions that contradict putative beliefs. Christians are no exception.

Seek on October 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I am a Palestinian Christian. My family has been Christian for centuries and my families roots have been in Palestine for far longer than any so called “Israeli” aka Jews from Brooklyn and Miami. I have read the Quran twice and with all honesty, don’t really care for it. Its not my religion. But we do get along great with the Muslims. Why shouldn’t we? We live together and are one people. No one in the West Bank asks what religion you are. We live together, eat together and go to school together.

And you are correct Debbie, I dislike Israel! Every Palestinian Christian and Arab Christian does! It has nothing do with being a “minority” in mostly Muslim areas. We simply do not like Israel for her horrible crimes! We have had our homes confiscated by Israel, family members arrested, land stolen, forced into refugee camps and told never to return to our homeland. That has nothing to do with religion.

Sorry, but we have no reason to like Israel or to hate our own people.

David on October 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm

@David.You talks,fools talks!The Muslims hate the Cristians more than hate the Hebrew’s.The Muslims kill as and violate the aouer children’s.You eat whit criminals?Sleep whit criminals?In this page you are a liar not a Cristian!!!!!

Deziderio on October 28, 2011 at 2:32 am

Funny that Europeans think they have more right to OUR LAND, which our ancestors have been living in since the time of JESUS. Without us, there would be no Christianity. Of course we despise Israel, they also ethnically cleansed us from our lands. Why would we support them after the ETHNIC CLEANSING we endured? Palestinians, whether Muslim Christian or Jewish, will never accept Zionism because Zionism was specifically designed to erase our existence. It will never succeed. And Debbie, are you an American or Israeli? You need to pick one.

PalestinianChristian on March 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Honestly how stupid are you? Are you just brainwashed by what you picked up from your neighbors? Have you ever thought for yourself? Have you ever read the Bible, which says that Israel is the land of the Jews? You’ve been brainwashed into being an Islamophile and put the Palestinian cause before that of your fellow Christians. I’m a Jew from the former Soviet Union- Latvia, to be specific, and all of those around me supported Communism. But then I traveled around the country, and got the perspectives of those there. Also, I noticed that as those in my hometown of Ventspils did the same they became more and more critical of Communism. Of course I believe Christians have a place in the Holy Land as the original Christians are descended from Jews and are thus Israelites.

    Perhaps you should look up Bishara Shlayan.

    Yuri B. on September 2, 2014 at 2:59 am

There remains much to be said when independent factions unite against a common foe. There is a very legitimate reason that Arab Christians and Muslims are united; it’s due to Israel’s barbaric, anti-semitic (Arabs are Semitic peoples, more sobthan European Jews) policies towards the Palestinian populace. It’s easier to blame others than examine your own actions.

The Jews are displaying similar behavior, attitude, and actions as Nazi Germans. Indeed, they’ve stolen several pages (i.e. the entire book) from Hitler’s Mein Kampf and enacted it against the Palestinians.

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