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 World Council of Churches and Israel

I got this in an email from today.

The World Council of Churches (WCC), an umbrella organization of 347 Protestant and Orthodox Christian sects, has issued a directive to its members to “give serious consideration” to divesting from companies that deal with Israel. The directive explains that the initiative stems from Israel’s “occupation of Palestinian territory.”

The Central Committee of the WCC added that it believes its call for divestment from Israel is not anti-Semitic. “Criticism of the policies of the Israeli government is not in itself anti-Jewish,” it stated. Many people disagree, and much has been written on the topic; see, for instance, Jeff Jacoby's The Face of Antisemitism.

The WCC is not the first major church group to attack Israel in this manner. The US Presbyterian movement decided last summer to consider divestment from companies linked to Israel as well. The 2.5 million-strong church, the ninth largest in North America, represents most US Presbyterians.

The decision, however, was not accepted by all church officials. Reverend J.W. Gregg Meister, an ordained PCUSA minister and president of the New Jersey-based Interlink Media, said at the time that the "actions of the Presbyterian Church's General Assembly do not accurately reflect the beliefs and convictions of the people in the pews. We share with Israel belief in the same God and the same democratic system. No Arab state does. I am confident that the majority of people in our denomination strongly support Israel's right to exist and to defend itself."

Ed Pugh

 2005/2/24 12:15Profile

Joined: 2005/1/26
Posts: 153

 Re: World Council of Churches and Israel

I get a sense of...

[i]deja vu[/i] when I hear about companies, countries and people turning their backs on Israel. I wonder why that is???

[b]OH YEAH!![/b] It's because I've read that this was going to a 2,000 year-old book.

 2005/2/24 12:24Profile

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