The Church of Anti-Israelism Meets in Pittsburgh

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The 220th General Assembly (GA) of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) opened Saturday June 30, 2012, and concluded on Saturday July 7, 2012.  Held every two years, this GA is being held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  A recurring feature of the PCUSA GA is the obsession the leadership has with condemning and undermining the Jewish State under the guise of responsible investing and social justice.  The hypocrisy on display is evidenced by their agenda.

Sunday morning featured a session with Amgad Beblawi, an Egyptian native, who demonstrated his concern for human rights by posting a story titled “International Laws and UN Resolutions Broken by Israel” on his Facebook page but somehow neglects to mention the suffering of the Coptic Christians in his own country. Badlawi asserts on his Facebook page that “Human rights have been and are being violated daily by Israel.  We will keep posting articles and laws that have been violated.  Take action and do your part by spreading awareness.”  No doubt, during his session at the GA, Beblawi did not note for the edification of the attendees that the Organization of Islamic Conference with its 57 member states represents nearly 1/3 of the UN General Assembly membership and that they devote 2/3 of their time to condemning Israel – the only democracy in the Middle East – rather than condemn the abusive Arab and Muslim dictatorships.  Beblawi, the PCUSA Area Coordinator for the Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe, was charged with detailing the history of the PCUSA in the Middle East.  One can only imagine what a “dhimmified” Egyptian Arab had to say about Israel and the Middle East.  There were no counter reports scheduled that might have provided the attendees with another perspective.

Meanwhile the PCUSA overtures ignore the butchery in Syria, as well as human right abuses throughout the Arab and Muslim world against women and minority groups (non-Muslims, Kurds, Africans, etc.). The Presbytery of Muskingum Valley rose on Tuesday in “recognizing that Israel’s Law and Practices constitute Apartheid against Palestinian People.”  Not only is this charge libelous, false and inflammatory, considering that 99% of Palestinians live under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, the fact Arab Muslims and Arab-Christians can serve as a judges in Israel’s Supreme Court, as well as members of the Knesset belie the charge. Absent in this discussion on apartheid is, for example, the fact that no Jew is allowed a government position in the Arab world or in the Palestinian Authority.  The fact that Jordan, Gaza, the Palestinian Authority, as well as most of the Arab world, is Nazi-like Judenrein obviously did not bother the drafters of the Muskingum Valley nor the PCUSA leadership.

Also scheduled during the Tuesday morning session was the presentation of an overture by the Presbytery of San Francisco on “Boycotting Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories and Hadiklaim” (Israeli cooperative for date growers) and a call for “Divestment from Caterpillar.”  The Presbytery of the Palisades was scheduled to call for “Approving the General Assembly Mission Council’s recommendation on Selective Divestment made by MRTI (Mission Responsibility Through Investment) to add Motorola Solutions and Hewlett-Packard to the list of divestments.

The Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) hosted Arab-Palestinian artists and exhibited Palestinian art on Sunday from 2-10PM.  This exposure essentially amounts to quiet pro-Arab-Palestinian propaganda, particularly when the statement posted on its webpage refers to occupation and abuse suffered by Palestinians: “As Presbyterians from around the United States gather in Pittsburgh this week for the 220th General Assembly (June 30-July 7) of the Presbyterian Church (USA), they will consider a motion to divest church holdings from three companies (Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions) that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands and abuses of Palestinian human rights.  The vote will be the culmination of a long process within the church and years of outreach to the companies involved, with divestment a last resort.” The question that begs to be asked is why the PCUSA does not divest from China, Burma, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and a long list of other non-democratic oppressive regimes.

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  • oldtimer

    Another group of Christians(?) lead astray. Our Christ was of the house of Judah and Levi. Gen.12:3 And I will bless them the bless you and curse him that curses you…..Matt. 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise and deceive many…True Bible believing Christians must stand for the Word , put on the gospel armour and not be lead astray by men.

    • Roger

      How do you know that your pro-muslim positions aren't clearly obvious to everyone here?

    • Bartimaeus

      “… the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds maybe clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” John 3:19-21.

      • Roger

        I don't see where Christ advocated violence at all.

        Could it be that these hate filled bigots are misrepresenting the ideals of our religion perhaps?

        • Roger

          So you admit you have sex toy goats.

          But you won't admit you're muslim.

          That's a strange combination.

          • Jesusinator

            No I admit I HAD goats. Your sick sense of roger/goat love made you assume they were sex toys which BTW is just gross <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

          • Roger

            You keep repeating it. Don't blame me for your stupid mistakes.

            Wee wee, you small little man. We understand, inbreeding since the 8th century has left a lot of muslim friendly trolls struggling with today's world.

      • Roger

        And you advocate violence at each opportunity.

        What was your point? That Phelps can be reasonable when he actually listens to Christ's teachings?

  • @AnneKavkaz

    The churches in the Middle East run to anti-Semitism. It is also far too common in the European Orthodox churches. I say this sadly, as a convert from a liberal Protestant church to Eastern Orthodoxy.

    I am unsure as to the liberal Protestant obsession with Israel. Are they anti-Semitic themselves or are they just over-eager to believe these eastern churches?

  • richard sherman

    Scientists have studied the issue for years and are unable to find any difference between a Presbyterian and a Nazi.

    • Roger

      Other than the fact you just want to attack anything Christian?

      Bonhoeffer proves you both wrong.

      • Roger

        You should check the muslim talking points on the way Hitler did in Boenhoffer for being a real Christian.

        • Jesusinator

          You should check your history. It really dosen't matter he killed christians too. Our justice system excutes them as well <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; RIGHT: auto; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none”>200,000 Muslim Gypsies from the Balkan were killed in the Auschwitz Camp.</DIV> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”RIGHT: auto” dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

          • Roger

            That was a random comment with no connection to anything going on around it.

            Are you using the little flask again? There are meetings that can help with that.

  • EthanP

    Joseph; I suspect that it's really about the move to the left by the Presbytarian leadership. This seems to go hand in glove with anti Semitism/Zionism. I am as concerned by the affiliation to left leaning organizations by the new president of the Reform Jewish congregations. And please boys, lets leave the Church bashing out of it. Most Evangelicals, for whatever reason, have proven themselves pro-Israel for a long time. And yes, I am proudly Jewish!

  • cynthia curran

    True, Anna, I was listening to one eastern orthodox and blaming anti-semitism on Roman Catholics and Protestants. In fact, eastern Orthodox deny that in the first centuries of the Roman Empire after Constantine there was some mob violence against Jews and Synogogues were burn down. Emperor Theodosius was even going to have the churches pay for a mob burning down a synogogue but Ambrose of Milan disapprove of helping the Jews and Theodosius changed his mind. Granted, Jews also in the period attack christians in a mob violence in Alexanderia.

    • Roger

      There was that whole 'Israel rebelled and we burned Jerusalem to the ground' thing going on then too.

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  • Schlomotion

    Zionists use the word "obsession" inappropriately to mean "focus." What a rhetorical failure it is to accuse the Presbyterian Church of an obsession with Israel.