The Methodist Church of Britain Votes to Boycott Israeli Goods and Services
The Methodist Church of Britain voted on Wednesday to boycott Israeli-produced goods and services from the West Bank because of Israel’s “illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.”
Interestingly, the Christian group did not cite the Bible in its decision making process.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council responded with a joint statement;
“This is a very sad day, both for Jewish-Methodist relations and for everyone who wants to see positive engagement with the complex issues of Israeli-Palestinian relations. The Methodist Conference has swallowed hook, line and sinker a report full of basic historical inaccuracies, deliberate misrepresentations and distortions of Jewish theology and Israeli policy.
The deeply flawed report is symptomatic of a biased process: The working group which wrote the report had already formed its conclusions at the outset. External readers were brought in to give the process a veneer of impartiality, but their criticisms were rejected. The report’s authors have abused the trust of ordinary members of the Methodist Church, who assumed that they were reading and voting on an impartial and comprehensive paper.”
Call me old-fashioned, but I believe an honest and open debate among true Christians would have led the Methodist Church of Great Britain to a completely different course of action;
2 “I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
It appears as if the Methodist Church of Britain has chosen to curse Israel.