Saturday, October 20, 2012

Jewish Groups Rebuke Christians For Anti-Zionism

A letter signed by 15 leaders of Christian churches that calls for Congress to reconsider giving aid to Israel because of accusations of human rights violations has outraged Jewish leaders and threatened to derail longstanding efforts to build interfaith relations.

The Christian leaders say their intention was to put the Palestinian plight and the stalled peace negotiations back in the spotlight at a time when all of the attention to Middle East policy seems to be focused on Syria, the Arab Spring and the Iranian nuclear threat.

“We asked Congress to treat Israel like it would any other country,” said the Rev. Gradye Parsons, the top official of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), “to make sure our military aid is going to a country espousing the values we would as Americans — that it’s not being used to continually violate the human rights of other people.”

The Jewish leaders responded to the action as a momentous betrayal and announced their withdrawal from a regularly scheduled Jewish-Christian dialogue meeting planned for Monday. In a statement, the Jewish leaders called the letter by the Christian groups “a step too far” and an indication of “the vicious anti-Zionism that has gone virtually unchecked in several of these denominations.”
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Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Anti-zionism is not, not, NOT the same thing as anti-semitism.

Plenty of Jews oppose Zionism.

Matthew M said...

Plenty? You mean the Neturei Karta a small ultra-Orthodox group in Old Jerusalem that attacks all Christians, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant as well as other Jews Orthodox or not? 5000 strong worldwide - yes plenty of anti-Zionist Jews.

Edited by A/O. No personal attacks please.

Matthew M said...
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John (Ad Orientem) said...

Bigoted and extremist comments are not welcome here. Nor are trolls. Come back when you have learned some manners. Until then post your offensive drivel elsewhere.