The Presbyterian Divestment Vote: Toward a New Model of Community Relations

This is a good follow up on Rabbi Rosen’s previous post on this subject. I’ll have my own words to add to the discussion in a day or so.

Shalom Rav

Cross-posted with Tikkun Daily

Jews and Presbyterians pray together during deliberations at the 2014 Presbyterian General Assembly in Detroit

In the wake of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s recent decision to divest from three companies that profit from Israel’s occupation, Jewish establishment leaders have been expressing their displeasure toward the PC(USA) in no uncertain terms.

Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman stated last week that church leaders have “fomented an atmosphere of open hostility to Israel.” Rabbi Noam Marans director of interreligious relations at the American Jewish Committee, declared that “the PC(USA) decision is celebrated by those who believe they are one step closer to a Jew-free Middle East.” And Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, publicly accused the PC(USA) of having a “deep animus” against “both the Jewish people and the State of Israel.”

Given such extreme rhetoric, it may come as a surprise to many…

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1 Response to The Presbyterian Divestment Vote: Toward a New Model of Community Relations

  1. Jack bender says:

    .you did notice that there was no mention of any untoward actions by the Palestinian was as if the Arabs are a bunch of peaceful Quakers ,or Amish …big deal 7 votes…if a vote was taken of the 1.5 million Presbyterians it would be overwhelmingly pro Israel …or at least over 60 per cent….but frankly I am guessing..sure would like to see one…have a good day

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