For starters, I have never said that I wish Israel, to use her words, “will disappear just as did the apartheid regime in South Africa.” I have never believed this and categorically reject any position that threatens the integrity of Israel as a sovereign nation.
Yet evidence suggests that Rev Sizer is not so quick to distance himself from such positions as he claims on his blog.
Have a look at these photos:
In May 2008, Rev Stephen Sizer attended the Voice of Palestine (VOP) Nakba conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, to coincide with celebrations of Israel’s sixtieth birthday. You can read the aims of the VOP conference here, see the conference programme here, and read a report of the conference by Holocaust-denier and VOP guest Fred Tobin here. At the conference, participants declared as one of their four objectives:
To promote one-state solution through the referendum by the native Palestinians regardless of their race, ethnic, sect, and religion.
Here are some photos you can see on the VOP website:
Now, watch this Voice of Palestine video closely:
At the end of the video, you will see that Voice of Palestine is sponsored by the NEDA Institute of Iran, also famed for its courting of Holocaust deniers. Rev Stephen Sizer was a guest of NEDA in Iran back in 2007, as I have already blogged about.
Have a read of Sizer’s blog entry on his time in Indonesia. Here Sizer proudly links to the Jakarta Post, which carries a piece entitled ‘Stop Jewish Colonisation: Seminar’ in which Rev Sizer is heavily quoted.
Furthermore, Rev Sizer has elsewhere been quoted by friends as explaining how he realised that ‘Palestine needed to be liberated from the Jews.’
Now, Rev Sizer, surely adopting a position which calls for Palestine to be free of Jews and Zionists threatens the integrity of Israel as a sovereign nation, wouldn’t you say?