Methodists and Israel

by Richard on June 27, 2011

There may be some Christians who believe that Israelis are not entitled to live in peace inside secure borders. But if there are, I haven’t met them. Virtually or otherwise. The position of the Methodist Church on this is clear and unequivocal. There can be no excuse for anyone who suggests otherwise, especially if they are a member of the church. Accusations of anti-semitism against members or officers of the church should be backed up with formal complaints under the procedures which the Methodist Church has established or they should stop. Publicity-seeking threats and lots of pompous internet posts won’t do: any Methodist who genuinely believed that there was an anti-Semitic agenda in that church would do all they could to use the discipline of the church to address it. Anything else would be cowardly.

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Ric 06.28.11 at 12:54 am

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PamBG 06.28.11 at 2:05 am

Is it just me or are we getting to the stage of “Methinks the individuals doth protest too much”?

There is a well-worn theory that what we can’t tolerate inside our own psyches we project onto others.

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C.Dale 06.28.11 at 7:13 am

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Kim 06.28.11 at 7:48 am

Yes, I see David continues to do an excellent line in straw Methodists.

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Daphne Anson 06.29.11 at 9:37 am

It all depends what is meant by “secure borders” …

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Derek 06.29.11 at 11:51 am

I hope this doesn’t mean that we’re to cease critising Israel for its behaviour towards the Palestinian minority inside their ’secure borders’? By destroying crops, demolishing homes and harrassing people Israel has ethnically cleansed numerous villages, leaving them empty and abandoned by their rightful inhabitants. Don’t believe me? Check the population figures shown by the UN in the 1950’s and check the same place names today.

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Kim 06.29.11 at 4:17 pm

Who’s going to be the first to call Derek an anti-Semite?

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Jonathan 07.18.11 at 10:47 am

Derek,

Palestinian people losing the land and homes is unfortunate, the same thing has happened with Jewish people in the mostly Arab states in 1950s and was a motivation for them to move to Israel rather an religious idiology.
Historically modern countries such as USA, Australia and South Africa has involved people living there already for varying lengths of time being displaced also.
But then it isn’t trendy to write blogs on these people is it.

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Richard 07.18.11 at 10:58 am

Are you really suggesting that because people have been displaced in the past it should continue in the future?

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