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Jewish Groups Withdraw from Roundtable after Mainline Protestants Ask Congress to Investigate Israel


Interesting item,

“These denominations have a history of being anti-Israel in their pronouncements over the past three decades.” — Mark Tooley, IRD President

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2012; Several major Jewish organizations have canceled participation in the next meeting of a Christian-Jewish Roundtable after the Christian groups sent a letter to the U.S. Congress. The letter asks Congress to re-evaluate U.S. military aid to Israel.

The withdrawing groups include the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and Conservative and Reform Jewish movements.

Jewish groups feel the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Methodist Council of Bishops and the National Council of Churches are blaming Israel exclusively for the absence of peace in the Middle East. Notably, the U.S.-based Episcopal Church, also a member of the interfaith roundtable, declined to sign the letter to Congress.

IRD President Mark Tooley commented:

“In effect these Mainline Protestant groups are questioning U.S. military aid to Israel and urging investigation of ostensible Israeli human rights violations. The Jewish groups understandably believe this as a very biased and unjust stance and are calling into question whether or not they can continue to be interfaith partners with these churches.

“These denominations have a history of being anti-Israel in their pronouncements over the past three decades.

“It is unlikely that the elites of these denominations are going to shift course in terms of their anti-Israel stance. Fortunately, these church officials do not speak for most of their members.”

Christian News Wire

Reading that these denominations are considered anti-Israel, brought something to mind which has always puzzled me. While I realize it’s off topic I’ve never understood why, especially in America, questioning anything the Israeli government has done (or not done) also earns one the title of being anti-Israel. Especially in light of not seeing the same “anti” thing applied when questioning the actions of any other Nation or State. 

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6 comments on “Jewish Groups Withdraw from Roundtable after Mainline Protestants Ask Congress to Investigate Israel

  1. It’s all part of the massive conflation of Judaism, Zionism and Israel.

    Israel is a Judaism is a faith, Zionism is an ideology and Israel is a country. The ‘anti’ thing is loaded and designed to cow opponents to Israel’s policies. When someone is labelled ‘anti Israel’, it’s taken as anti Jew or anti Semitic and places the opponent in a defensive position and the issue that the person is opposing becomes secondary to the ‘anti’ charge. They find themselves having to defend their ‘anti Israel’ attitude rather than address the topic at hand.

    Quite a successful strategy.

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    • Steve, that’s basically my take on the whole ‘anti-Israel’ thing too. Its a way in which to keep people silent. Frankly, and this is my personal opinion, its been highly over-played; And because it has, many people (both Christians and non Christians alike) seem to be catching on to the truth of it being a form of manipulation.

      What’s interesting is that there are Jews living in Israel today, who point this out as being manipulative on the part of their own government (and, on the part of American Zionists) on a number of Israeli News websites. Some of them become quite ‘vocal’ about it. But you’re completely right, its been very successful. I can’t count the number of times i’ve been accused of being anti-Israel at this blog, for daring to disagree with an action taken (or not taken) by the Israeli government.

  2. The word “mainline” is almost always at odds with following Jesus. “Disinfranchised” is much more accurate.

    • I’m not very familiar with any of these groups. Maybe this week i’ll look into them more closely.

      Only thing i do know is the Christian-Jewish Roundtable is some type of interfaith group.

  3. Thank for your reassurance PJ. I find the whole thing rather bizarre in that we’re supposed to love or disdain certain people groups. ‘I love the Jewish people’, or I don’t like Muslims’. Both have people within those groups who are capable of great good and great evil.

    I think it’s incorrect for Christians to engage in such platitudes, especially when attempting to deflect criticism from Zionists who demand homage in such a way. I don’t love the Jewish people. I love people who are Jews and equally, I love people who are Muslims, but I see nothing in scripture that commands such things, aside from loving everyone.

    • ‘I love the Jewish people’, or I don’t like Muslims’. Both have people within those groups who are capable of great good and great evil.

      Amen Steve.

      Its astounding that so many Christians in America believe that in order to prove they love one group of people they must equally prove their hate another group. Its insane.

      Further more, (as you pointed out) we are to love all people if we possess the heart of God.

      Steve, its this entire Israel/Jewish issue which finally opened my eyes to just how dangerously-unbibical Christian zionism and dispensationalism are.

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