U.S. Clergy Warn About Divesting In Israel

Posted on Monday, October 31 at 09:38 by jensonj
The movement has outraged Jewish groups, who say the strategy is biased, anti-Semitic and fails to recognize Israel's right to defend itself against terrorist attacks by Palestinian extremists. "This is blatant propaganda that seeks to isolate and demonize Israel," Ruth Klein, of B'Nai Brith Canada, told a news conference. She said the disinvestment movement, continued suicide bombings against Israelis and comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday - in which he said Israel must be "wiped off the map" - were sending fresh chills of fear through Jewish communities worldwide. Sister Ruth Lautt, national director of the U.S. Christians for Fair Witness on the Middle East, called on Canadian denominations to be wary of Sabeel. She was joined by the Rev. William Harter, a founding member of five Christian-Jewish initiatives in the United States and the Rev. Dr. Bruce Chilton, chair of the Episcopal-Jewish relations committee in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The Sabeel group, which promotes "morally responsible investment" in Israel as a way to end the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, is meeting with Canadian church leaders and private groups to discuss the Mideast and the divestment issue. On the Net: Sabeel: http://www.sabeel.org Friends of Sabeel Canada: http://www.sabeel.ca Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): http://www.pcusa.org http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1101AP_Canada_Israel_Divest.html

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