Let me be honest. I’m not entirely convinced that the petition* was the best idea I’ve ever had. Even so, it has given folk an opportunity to express their view about the Methodist Church’s ‘Justice for Palestine and Israel’ report and resolution and that, I think, is proving worthwhile. Here’s a comment from a Stanley Walinets, who is otherwise unknown to me:
As a Jew, I fully appreciated the Methodist’s resolution ‘Justice for Palestine and Israel’. I’m increasingly distressed by the unceasing determination of my fellow Jews in Israel, and in our diaspora, to never accept any criticism of their ill-treatment of Palestinians — who have historically been displaced from their lands by the Israelis in the name of their claimed God-given right. Many arguments are offered by supporters of Israel’s practices but rarely if ever do these defenders provide honest admissions of Israel’s own part in the world-wide hostility it is creating for itself. Examples are just too many to quote here. But a typical one was offered in a full-page letter to The Rev Lord Griffiths by John Leslie, printed in the Methodist Recorder of July 29th. In one typical paragraph, Mr Leslie says ‘Hamas brought war upon itself in Dec 2008 by allowing more than 8,000 unmerciful missile attacks on towns and villages in Israel’. He makes no mention of the fact that Hamas’ had agreed a cese-fire with Israel some 6 months before Dec 2008. It observed that cease-fire throughout, until Israeli agents suddenly killed six or seven Palestinians on Gaza’s outskirts, claiming they were terrorists. Israel thereupon used the alleged ‘necessity’ for its aggressive incursion as justification for launching its massive aerial onslaught (killing 1400 or more innocent civilains in the process). It completely ignored Hamas’ 6-month compliance with their mutually agreed cease-fire. There are many examples like this — the 10-meter high ’security fence, for example, much of it built on Palestinians’ farmland. Together, tho’ Israel refuses to acknowledge it, Israel is actually creating a world-wide anti-Semitism from which I and my fellow Jews will ultimately suffer. So the Methodist Resolution was a just decision and many of us support it.
Yesterday, my friend David had a little sneer that it had only gathered 113 signatures. So I’m sure he’ll be delighted to note that today the number stands at 200. Small beer, to be sure, but not uninteresting.
I’ve taken the petition down now, but you can read it here (pdf).
Sorry. I was too hasty. The petition remains.