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THE RELIGIOUS LEFT AND ANTI-ISRAEL / ANTI-SEMITIC PERSPECTIVES

The hostility of the religious left toward the United States is extended also to America's close ally, Israel. The 3.2 million-member Presbyterian Church USA, for instance, has called for divestment from firms that do business with the Jewish state. The 1.3 million-member United Church of Christ (UCC) has similarly endorsed “economic leverage” against Israel. And some officials of the 8.2 million-member United Methodist Church have also pondered divestment possibilities aimed at Israel.

When forced to choose between maintaining good relations with American Jewish groups and registering disaffection for Israel, officials of these church groups often choose the latter course. After Hamas had registered a major electoral victory in the Palestinian Authority (PA) elections of 2006, for instance, UCC leaders immediately implored the U.S. Congress not to adopt “punitive legislation” that would cut off direct American aid to the PA, even though the latter was now controlled by an organization permanently committed to the destruction of Israel and the mass murder of Jews. “The U.S. should honor its financial commitments made in recent years to alleviate Palestinian suffering and back up U.S. policy to seek a two-state solution,” declared UCC President John Thomas and UCC missions executive Peter Makari. Moreover, the UCC faulted the Israeli “occupation” and “U.S.-supported Israeli unilateralism” for virtually all Palestinian problems.

The National Council of Churches (NCC) has been similarly anti-Israel in its positions over the years, aiming a disproportionate share of its human rights complaints at the Jewish state. In February 2005, for example, NCC proclaimed that “[t]he crushing burden of Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory contributes to deep anger and violent resistance, which contributes to fear throughout Israeli society.”

Likewise, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has consistently denounced Israel and championed the Palestinian cause. At the 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, the WCC demanded an official denunciation of Israel for its “systematic perpetration of racist crimes including war crimes, acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing.” Echoing the Council’s long-held beliefs in a 2009 address, WCC General Secretary Samuel Kobia attacked Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian lands as a “sin against God.” Echoing claims of Palestinian radicals, he went on to call Israel’s 1948 founding a “catastrophe” and a “form of ‘ethnic cleansing’ that [triggered] the largest forced migration [by Arabs] in modern history.”

In 2004, local chapters of Pax Christi USA signed a letter exhorting members of the United States Senate to oppose Israel's construction of an anti-terrorism security barrier in the West Bank -- characterizing the structure as an illegal “apartheid wall” that stood in violation of the civil and human rights of Palestinians.

The antiwar Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) began organizing activities related to the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1992, when the group dispatched “violence-reduction workers” to interfere with the anti-terrorist efforts of Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers in Palestinian towns. The number of CPT missions in support of Palestinians has grown steadily over time, now constituting half of the organization's worldwide activity. CPT cooperates with, shares personnel with, and works alongside the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which candidly justifies Palestinian terrorism as a legitimate form of “resistance.”

This section of Discover The Networks examines the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic worldviews, objectives, and activities of these and many other key organizations that comprise the religious left.

 

RESOURCES:

The Religious Left and Israel
By Mark Tooley
July 9, 2010

The Episcopal Church’s Anti-Israel Media Campaign
By Dexter Van Zile
September 6, 2006
 
The Anti-Israel Revelation
By Mark D. Tooley
January 27, 2010
 
Holy Nakba
By Mark D. Tooley
February 16, 2009
 
Churches for a Terror State
By Mark D. Tooley
August 17, 2007

The Church of Jihad
By Patrick Devenny
December 23, 2005


DIVESTMENT FROM ISRAEL:

Presbyterian Church Slams Israel -- Ignores Christian Persecution
By Raymond Ibrahim
July 23, 2014

Anti-Israel Christians Pray for Divestment
By Mark D. Tooley
April 19, 2012
 
Divestment: Coming to a Denomination Near You
By Dr. Earl Tilford
April 3, 2008
 
Divestment's Amen Corner
By Mark D. Tooley
February 1, 2008

The Bias Remains the Same
By Dexter Van Zile
January 3, 2008

The Church of Anti-Semitism
P. David Hornik
April 29, 2005


HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE:
 
Religious Left Did Not Always Despise Israel
By Mark D. Tooley
July 25, 2008

 

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