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The Methodist Church of Britain Votes to Boycott Israeli Goods and Services

July 1, 2010

From the Jerusalem Post;

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;

Genesis 12:2-3

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.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. judy DiJoseph permalink
    July 1, 2010 8:34 am

    I have been saying the same about the U.S. because of Obama’s trestment of Isreal’ s PM on his last trip here. Also not backing Isreal on the blockade issue. When we do not stand with Isreal we are doomed. Pray for our country, that we continue to be an ally of Isreal.

    • July 6, 2010 4:50 am

      why we should support Israel?? Just because they’re an ally of the U.S.? No! we should only support Israel, as any other country, when it acts according to international law and stops using nazi style tactics towards the Palestinian people. This included allowing Palestinians to rebuild their homes; something the Israelis refuse to allow,

    • July 6, 2010 9:54 am

      Genesis 12:2-3

      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.”

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