The Church of Anti-Israelism Meets in Pittsburgh

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IPMN hosted a luncheon on Tuesday titled “The Effect of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) on Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Relations.”  The speakers, Anna Baltzer (presented as “Jewish,” and “a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors”), and Fr. Fadi Diab, an Arab-Palestinian Anglican pastor who is one of the authors of the Kairos Document — a viciously anti-Israel document — are exclusively and rabidly anti-Israel.  According to the agenda, they presented “the rationale for the BDS campaign launched by Palestinian Civil Society…”

On Wednesday, July 4th, the IPMN hosted another luncheon, “Israel and Palestine’s Place in the Arab Spring and U.S. Foreign Policy,” with Rami Khouri, Editor-at-Large of the Beirut Star and a pro-Palestinian Lebanese Christian, as the keynote speaker.

In an attempt to ward off criticism of its shameful anti-Israel obsession, the PCUSA MRTI (Mission Responsibility Through Investment) issued a FAQ regarding divestment recommendations.  Hypocrisy is rampant.  Of  particular note is #9: the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) divests from companies profiting from involvement in human rights violations in Israel and Palestine, so why isn’t the church divesting from American companies that do business in Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, China, Burma and many other countries where massive human rights violations are documented?  Part of their response, “Not all of the human rights violations involve corporate complicity,” is telling:

MRTI along with its ecumenical partners engages many other companies doing business in countries with serious human rights challenges.  Not all of the human rights violations involve corporate complicity. In addition, corporate engagement has resulted in changes in corporate policies and practices.  However, in other cases where companies have refused to change, the General Assembly has placed them on the divestment list until the practices were changed. Examples are Talisman Energy in Sudan or sixteen key companies involved in South African apartheid in the 1980’s.

MRTI puts Israel in the same category as South Africa (where Apartheid was the law of the land) and Sudan (guilty of genocide in Darfur).  Such out of touch associations are on the scale of comparing Netanyahu to Hitler and Stalin.  FAQ #11 attempts to assure that the PCUSA is not anti-Semitic. While probably true when dealing with individual Jews, their hostility towards the Jewish collective — the Jewish State of Israel — is more than obvious.  The PCUSA has a longstanding history of anti-Israel bias, and an extraordinary toleration for and indulgence in anti-Semitic themes.

Presbyterians For Middle East Peace (PFMEP), a voice of reason that was established to create balance on Middle Eastern issues, had this to say, “In spite of facts, the next GA will again be asked to put pressure on Israel to remove the Israeli security presence in the West Bank through calls to ‘end the occupation.’” Such an approach flies in the face of the approaches recommended by the Middle East Quartet (US, UN, EU, and Russia).  It also challenges the approach taken by objective individuals such as Judge Goldstone who wrote in the NY Times 10/31/11), “It is important to separate legitimate criticism of Israel from assaults that aim to isolate, demonize, and delegitimize it…”

The PFMEP, unfortunately, failed to stop the torrent of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish statements.  The Pittsburg Post-Gazette reported (7/3/12) that “The Committee on Middle East and Peacemaking Issues of the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly approved a resolution in Pittsburgh this morning by a vote of 36-11 with one abstention to divest from companies whose products are used by Israel to enforce occupation of the West Bank. The resolution recommends that the church divest from Caterpillar, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard after an eight-year corporate engagement process yielded no reforms. The general church body will vote on the resolution later this week.”

Hypocrisy and malice won the day at the PCUSA GA.

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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.