MIKE EVANS, CHRISTIAN ZIONISM AND CHRISTIAN ANTISEMITISM
Mike Evans is a self-identified evangelical Christian Zionist who, as founder of the Friends of Zion Heritage Center in Jerusalem, has presumably done good work to strengthen evangelical support for Israel. However, in his very public opposition to current efforts in the Israeli Knesset to form a new government, he sounds less like a “Friend of Zion” and more like the angry Martin Luther who employed vulgar and violent language in his antisemitic treatise, “On the
Jews and Their Lies” – language that was useful to the Nazis 400 years later as they justified everything they did to the Jews during the Holocaust.
Portrait of Mike Evans, manager of the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem, on May 16, 2017. (Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90)
In a blog titled Israel’s Political Striptease Show, posted in the Times of Israel on June 4, 2021, Evans used words and invoked imagery repulsive to evangelical Christians, all while he spouted antisemitic tropes and threats to mobilize Evangelicals in opposition to a new Israeli government sans Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Referring to politicians who oppose Bibi Netanyahu as “unpleasant, vulgar, disgusting and delusional,” Evans maintains that Israel’s recent election was “…not an election to improve the lives of Israelis or the nation.