Justice for Palestine & Israel: a response

by Richard on November 5, 2010

The Leeds Messianic Fellowship have offered a response to the Justice for Palestine & Israel report (pdf). I confess that I haven’t had chance to read it properly yet, so I’ll offer no comment just now, except to welcome the civil terms in which the response is presented.

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methodist preacher 11.05.10 at 6:25 pm

This is an excellent paper and I would re commend that every Methodist reads it.

Thank you Richard for linking to it on your blog.

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Dave Faulkner 11.05.10 at 10:03 pm

If only the whole debate since Conference had been conducted in the eirenic tone of this response.

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PamBG 11.05.10 at 11:12 pm

Agree and I think that there are good points here.

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Kim 11.05.10 at 11:13 pm

Agreed. This is a firm but courteous discussion document, worthy to turn a cacophany into a conversation in British Methodism.

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Earl 11.06.10 at 12:55 pm

Just finished reading the Response. Very credible given its source and its well supported positions. Incredible that these very points were not considered in the document to which LMF directs their Response.

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Kim 11.06.10 at 1:41 pm

Perhaps, Earl, we should be gracious and patient enough to wait on a response from the Church before hurling the word “incredible” at it. Yes, the points the LMF paper raises are good - but most, if not all, of them plausibly and politely answerable, no doubt with some clarifications-cum-apologies.

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Ian Howarth 11.07.10 at 6:01 pm

As someone who has been broadly sympathetic to the Methodist report, I think this is a paper that needs a proper considered response. I do have a concern that those leading on this debate in Methodism while rightly passionate as a result of their experience in the occupied territories, are in danger of using that passion to exclude balanced debate.

It is a real task to hold together the injustice that many Palestinians suffer, with the horrors of terrorism, and the justifiable fear of invasion and anti-Semitism of many in Israel.

We have rightly pointed to things in the policies of Israel to which we object, we also need to do the same with Hamas. To imply that radical Islam is more acceptable than radical Judaism in itself risks being anti-Semitic.

The LMF are to be thanked for this paper, and I sincerely hope the Connexion will take it up as a way of critiquing the Conference report, and that committees furthering the report will indeed show an openness to the variety of sincerely held views of Methodists.

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Earl 11.07.10 at 7:39 pm

“Hurling?” Odd usage. Others have engaged in throwing rocks. “Incredible” was a simply an observation.

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Joseph W 11.09.10 at 12:01 pm

Thankyou all for the positive responses which are most encouraging.

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