The next time you hear the PCUSA’s Israel Palestine Mission Network, the mainline church-supported U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, the mainline church-supported Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Center, or some Israel-bashing mainline church leader call Israel an “apartheid state,” just remind them of this:

The Palestinian Ambassador to the United States Maen Rashid Areikat said on Tuesday in Washington that the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) opposes the immediate presence of Jews and gays in an independent Palestinian state, according to reports inThe Daily Caller and The Weekly Standard.

When asked by Jamie Weinstein, senior editor and columnist for The Daily Caller, whether a Jew could be elected Mayor of Ramallah in an independent Palestinian state, Areikat said: “But after the experience of 44 years of military occupation and all the conflict and friction, I think it will be in the best interests of the two peoples to be separated first.”

Areikat added that “Well, I personally still believe that as a first step we need to be totally separated, and we can contemplate these issues in the future.”

Meanwhile, in response to a query from John McCormack from The Weekly Standard about whether homosexuals would be tolerated in a newly formed Palestinian state, Areikat said “This is an issue that’s beyond my [authority].”

Palestinian gays and lesbians frequently seek refuge in Israel because of anti-gay persecution in the disputed West Bank territory and the Gaza Strip. The Hamas-controlled Gaza strip, has declared homosexuality punishable by death. Hamas cofounder Mahmoud Zahar has said, “You in the West do not live like human beings. You do not even live like animals. You accept homosexuality. And now you criticize us?”

In an April broadcast on Hamas’s Al-Aksa TV, which was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Syrian academic Muhammad Rateb al- Nabulsi said, “Homosexuality involves a filthy place, and does not generate offspring. Homosexuality leads to the destruction of the homosexual. That is why, brothers, homosexuality carries the death penalty.”

These are the people that the IPMN, USCEIO, and Sabeel support in their on-going struggle against civilization “Israeli apartheid.”