Worrying words

Israel does not bear all the responsibility for conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Israel should be held to account for its actions and the rhetoric of its politicians. Plenty of Anglican vicars are keen to do so. Holding Palestinian leadership to similarly high standards is also essential, and Christian anti-Zionist liberation theologians should bear this in mind.

So these words from Munir Al-Maqdah, head of the “Armed Struggle” Fatah militia in Lebanon, are outrageous to all those genuinely concerned with peace in the Middle East:

‘The political platform and constitution of Fatah do not recognize the so-called State of Israel, let alone the Jewishness of this state. We do not recognize that artificial entity, the state of Israel, which sooner or later will be removed from the land of Palestine, Allah willing’.

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