Exclusive Global CNN Documentary ‘God’s Warriors’ Examines Religion, Power and Politics

In an unprecedented move CNN International premieres a six-hour television event ‘God’s Warriors’ presented by Christiane Amanpour, across three consecutive nights in August. This three-part documentary series reveals the impact and the rise of religious fundamentalism as a powerful political force in three faiths: Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

Filmed over eight months in eight countries, by CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, ‘God’s Warriors’ is a unique and in-depth investigation into the rise of religion as a political force.

“There are millions of people around the world who feel that their faith is being ignored – pushed aside – and they are certain they know how to make the world right,” Amanpour says. “We cannot and should not ignore them. Through this documentary we’ve given them a voice and the opportunity to explain their position.”

Mark Nelson, vice president and senior executive producer of ‘Gods Warriors’ says; “This project’s global scope and ambition is the perfect project for an international news organisation like CNN and in Christiane Amanpour with have a journalist with the integrity and caliber to do it.”

For this documentary, Amanpour reports that during the last 30 years, each faith has exploded into a powerful political force, comprised of followers – “God’s warriors” – who share a deep dissatisfaction with modern society, and a fierce determination to place God and religion back into daily life and to the seats of power. Their political and cultural struggles to save the world from what they view as secular materialism, greed and sexual corruption have caused anger, division and fear.

Yesterday evening the first part, “God’s Jewish Warriors” was screened. For all those who would have liked but were unable to view it – here it is, broken down into ten consecutive short segments, available on youtube.

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10~

You tube hat-tip to ROBIN

God’s Jewish Warriors

Morris Amitay is the former executive director of AIPAC and the director of Washington PAC, a pro-Israel political action committee, which he founded in 1981. He is the chairman of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and leads its annual visit to Israel of retired U.S. generals and admirals for exchanges with Israel’s top military and political leaders.

Karen Armstrong is a religious historian and author of The Battle for God.

Sondra Oster Baras
, an American-born Israeli, helps run Christian Friends of Israeli Communities, an organization that raises money from pro-Israel Christians around the world to support settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Yakov Barnea
is a veteran of the 1967 Six-Day War. He helped capture the Old City and Temple Mount. A secular Israeli, he thinks religion should stay in the synagogue and not dominate politics, and he does not believe in the coming of the messiah.

President Jimmy Carter
brokered the historic 1979 peace talks between Israel and Egypt. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. Among other works, he is the author of Peace, not Apartheid, a book critical of Israel’s occupation of land captured during the 1967 Six-Day War.

Gary Cristofaro
is the pastor at the First Assembly Church of God in Melbourne, Fla. The central focus of his ministry is support for Israel. His worship services on Friday night, the Jewish Sabbath, incorporate Jewish rituals and Hebrew prayers. The congregation also gives financial support to Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Shlomi Dvir
is a religious extremist and a resident of the Bat Ayin settlement on the West Bank. He was convicted and sent to prison for his role in a plot to bomb a Palestinian girls’ school.

Dror Etkes
is a left-wing Israeli activist and the director of Peace Now’s anti-settlement project.

Yehuda Etzion
helped establish the West Bank settlement of Ofrah. He was also a leader of a group known as the Jewish Underground, which detonated bombs in the cars of Palestinian mayors on the West Bank. Some members of the terror group also plotted to use stolen military explosives to destroy the Dome of the Rock, Islam’s third holiest site.

Carmi Gillon
is a former chief of Israel’s secretive internal security agency, Shin Bet.

Gershom Gorenberg
is an American-born Israeli journalist. He is the author of The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements and The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the TempleMount.

David Ha’Ivri
is an American-born Israeli and a student of the extremist rabbi, Meir Kahane.

Dov Hikind
is a New York state assemblyman representing a largely Hasidic community in Brooklyn. He also has a strong connection to Israel and has led several protests and charities that support Jewish people living in the settlements.

Shani Hikindis
the executive director of Ateret Cohanim, The Jewish Reclamation Project, an organization that raises money to support a Yeshiva in the Old City. The group also helps to buy property in Palestinian neighborhoods for Jewish families.

Sheikh Muhammad Hussein
is the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Islam’s highest-ranking cleric in the Holy Land.

Meir Lapid
is a West Bank settler whose father and brother were murdered in a drive-by shooting near Hebron.

Bruce Lawrence
is a professor of religion at Duke University and the author of Defenders of God: The Fundamentalist Revolt Against the Modern Age.

Idit Levinger
is a resident of Amona, an unauthorized hilltop outpost on the West Bank. She helped organize protests over the demolition of illegally built homes.

John Mearsheimer
is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, who co-authored the hotly debated essay “The Lobby.” It argues that the pro-Israel lobby’s enormous influence leads to foreign policy that is not in America’s best interest.

Theodor Meron
is a leading authority on international humanitarian law, human rights and international criminal law. As a legal advisor to the Israeli government in 1967, he wrote a top secret memo explaining why, in his view, civilian settlements in the occupied territory would violate international law.

Yarden Morag
is a religious extremist and a resident of the Bat Ayin settlement on the West Bank. He was convicted and sent to prison for his role in a plot to bomb a Palestinian girls’ school.

Mushin Natsheh
is a Palestinian businessman and peace activist who owns a home in a Jerusalem refugee camp that has been threatened with demolition. Every day for a year, he chained himself to the roof of his house. Three courts ruled in his favor, stopping the demolition, but his case is now pending in the Israeli Supreme Court.

Shimon Peres
is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and, currently, the president of Israel. Peres is one of the country’s longest-serving leaders, and he believes Israel’s security needs justified the building of settlements after the 1967 war.

Hanan Porat
was an Israeli soldier in the 1967 Six-Day War and helped capture the Old City and the Temple Mount. In the early 1970’s he co-founded Gush Emunim (“The Bloc of the Faithful”), the movement that turbo-charged Zionism with the message that settling the occupied territories was part of God’s plan for Jewish redemption and the coming of the messiah.

Noa Rothman
is the granddaughter of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by a religious extremist in 1995.

Danny Seideman
, an American-born Israeli, is a Jewish human rights lawyer who advocates for Palestinian property rights. He has also participated in peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Bassam Shakaa
was the mayor of the West Bank Palestinian city of Nablus and one of the Jewish Underground’s most prominent targets. He lost his legs because of a car bomb.

Tzipi Shissel
is a resident of the West Bank settlement of Hebron. Her father, Rabbi Shlomo Ra’anan, was stabbed to death in his home in the West Bank settlement of Hebron. She is nonetheless determined to remain in Hebron with her husband and ten children because she believes Jews should have permanent control of the land Israel captured from the Arabs in 1967.


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