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Presbyterians Censure Investment in Israel

According to the Washington Post, “A Presbyterian committee accused five companies Friday of contributing to ‘ongoing violence that plagues Israel and Palestine’ and pledged to use the church’s multimillion-dollar stock holdings in the businesses to pressure them to stop.”

I was reminded of this when I checked on the Simon Wiesenthal Center web site for my previous post. Complaining about this Presbyterian action is at the top of the Center’s list of concerns. It also complains about an action by the Disciples of Christ calling on Israel to tear down the wall it is building to separate Israeli Jews from Palestinian Arabs.

I certainly support these actions by the churches. Israel must be more loving in its treatment of the Palestinians, who lived in Palestine for centuries before it became Israel as a result of a UN resolution shortly after the end of World War II. Hooray for main line Christian churches! I don’t totally understand, however, the love affair between fundamentalist Christian evangelicals and Israel.

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