Boycott against goods emanating from settlements shows where the rancid, global campaign against the Jewish state is heading.
The decision last week by the Methodist Church of Britain to launch a boycott against goods emanating from settlements in the West Bank and east
The boycott will involve transactions of the church itself, and extends to encouraging all affiliated Methodists to follow suit. The Methodists boycott no other country.
The fact that an institution professing allegiance to values of love, truth and justice should have succumbed to an agenda of hatred, hypocrisy and barbarism is sadly emblematic of the degraded spirit of our times, and of the moral inversions which blow through them.
But who, these days, can really be surprised about such happenings in modern
"What is happening in
Yet another described a picture, which she held up in front of her, of a small boy "with large eyes" and "deep pain" in those eyes. "This little boy lives in
Later, the point was repeated with one speaker lamenting the position of the Palestinians who have "no one to tell of what they're going through."
There was a lecture on the Old Testament, the Jews as "the chosen people," the children of Abraham, and the revelations of Jesus: "Jesus... never speaks of the land or owning it; he speaks of the kingdom and joining it," said the delegate joyfully. "...He teaches us God is not a racist God [her emphasis] who has favorites. God loves all his children [her emphasis] and blesses them."
A student of archeology from the
IF TOTAL illogicality, intimations about the dangers of Jews worshiping a racist God, preposterous assertions about the Palestinian cause not getting an airing in the outside world and depraved and asinine comparisons with apartheid
Here is the Rev. Graham Carter, the chairman of the working group that produced the initial report. He is speaking at the end of the first debate, just after having made his (pro forma?) reference to upholding the right of Israel to exist: "We didn't go through the list of criticizing other governments, because there was no place to stop," he said. "We could have criticized the
In referring to criticism of governments around the world other than
But, in so far as his comments make any sense at all, one way of summarizing the rest could be as follows: "If this campaign against
And what's the big deal about anti-Semitism anyway? Can't we talk about Islamophobia."
I DID not have the pleasure of talking to the Rev.
Carter, who would certainly reject any suggestion of wrongdoing, let alone that he had taken his church down the road to bigotry. But I did speak to the
"Do you have any boycotts of other countries in the world,
"Almost certainly not," she said.
"So why have you singled out the Jewish state?" I asked.
"We have not singled out the Jewish state," she replied, saying that the boycott was not against
And so the conversation went on, going round and round in circles as Drew summoned up every ounce of conceivable pedantry to argue that singling out the policy of a particular country was substantially different from singling out the country itself, even though such a boycott applied to no other country or its policies.
"Don't you realize that you're joining a massive global campaign against
"There isn't a campaign against
"You don't accept that you've just jumped on a fashionable bandwagon?" I asked in amazement.
"We are the first church... to do this... so we are not being fashionable," she replied.
At which point, what can you really say? Overall, a church that behaves in the manner of the Methodists has buried its credibility under a gigantic dunghill of intransigence, pedantry, lies and distortions.
But let us not allow this matter to rest with a mere recognition of whom and what they have chosen to become.
If it's war, it's war. The aggressor must pay a price.
Robin Shepherd is director of international affairs at the Henry Jackson Society in
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