A Response to Phillip Giddings

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.

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3 responses to “A Response to Phillip Giddings

  1. Quite right. Churchmen are often more or less unwittingly supporting Arab and Palestinian apartheid – straining at Israel’s gnat they swallow a herd of Arabian camels.

  2. Gwunderi

    On August 1st the “Jewish-Christian Relations” webpage published the “Kairos Palestine Document”: http://www.jcrelations.net/en/?item=3208

    On August 3rd than it published a statement of the ICCJ (International Council of Christians and Jews), his umbrella organisation? entitled: “Let us have mercy upon words when discussing Middle East”; en excerpt from it reads:

    «However, the ICCJ stresses that its “main purpose in discussing the [Kairos] document is not to analyze its weaknesses, but to seriously engage its authors in the kind of respectful dialogue that we believe is essential for mutual respect among all religious communities, especially ones afflicted by political conflict.” The ICCJ statement sees a lack of such respectful dialogue in the reaction of some critics of Kairos Palestine, who “come across as construing any [of its] ambiguities in the most negative light, making spurious assertions that delegitimize the document.”»
    http://www.jcrelations.net/en/?item=3202 or
    http://www.iccj.org/en/index.php?item=551

    I really don’t see how such a document should contribute to respectful dialogue when all the blame is put on Israel alone, recommending boycotts against it, and – not in the document itself but on the website of Kairos – Israel is repeatedly called an “Apartheid” state: http://www.kairospalestine.ps/ . Is the demonization of Israel a respectful way to engage Jews (and Christians) in interfaith dialogue?

  3. Where are you, Jo? Have you moved to facebook or some other social network? I can’t find you anywhere.

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