The Methodists boycott of Israel will cause the enemies of peace and reconciliation to cheer from the sidelines.
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.”
David Gifford is the chief executive of the Council of Christians and Jews in United Kingdom. This is his reaction.
“I was very disappointed at the emotive nature of the debate which again did not hear fairly also the pain and cry of the Israeli,” Gifford noted, and continued:
“This outcome is extremely serious and damaging, as we and others have explained repeatedly over recent weeks. Israel is at the root of the identity of Jews and of Judaism, and as an expression of Jewish spiritual, national and emotional aspirations. Zionism cannot simply be ruled as illegitimate in the way that the conference has purported to do”.
“This smacks of breathtaking insensitivity, as crass as it is misinformed”, said Gillford. He asked the Methodists in UK to do a soul search.
” That this position should now form the basis of Methodist Church policy should cause the conference to hang its head in shame, just as surely as it will cause the enemies of peace and reconciliation to cheer from the sidelines”.
Source: Jerusalem Post.