by Anglican Friends of Israel
Phillip Giddings’ submission to July Synod “Reflecting on “Kairos Palestine: A world of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering” suggests that for some years Anglican Committees have been highly selective when considering the Middle East conflict, the most obvious example being a repeated failure to discern that the root cause of the conflict is not “Israel‟s illegal occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and its continued support of settlements in these areas;” how could it be when Arab aggression against Israel began way before 1967?
The real root cause of the conflict is continuing Arab refusal to accept Jews as an indigenous Middle Eastern people with a right to self determination in their ancient homeland.
As recently as 8 July, Mahmoud Abbas told the Arab League Summit meeting in Libya “We are unable to confront Israel militarily, and this point was discussed at the Arab League Summit,” said Abbas. “There I turned to the Arab States and I said: ‘If you want war, and if all of you will fight Israel, we are in favor. But the Palestinians will not fight alone because they don’t have the ability to do it.'”
Anglican leaders appear unaware of the contradictions between statements made by Palestinian leaders to Anglican representatives and their belligerent pronouncements to their Arab audience. Certainly the contradictions are ignored, and Israel is apparently expected to do the same, despite the evidence of continuing Arab aggression towards Israel.
Do Anglican leaders not know that Palestinian schoolchildren are (and have been for decades) educated through holocaust-denying textbooks and programmes on the PA controlled media, to hate their Jewish neighbours and to believe that the Jewish state can be destroyed to make for a Judenrein Palestine.
Why should Israel be expected to trust or cooperate with neighbours who brainwash their own children in this way?
It would be helpful for the balance of Anglican responses to the Middle East Conflict if they were framed within a wider and more balanced factual and historical context.