The assembly passed multiple anti-Israel resolutions which included one on the recent violence at the Gaza border. The resolution failed to even mention the terrorist group Hamas, which controls Gaza, as the instigator of the bloodshed. The global community — particularly faith voices claiming to be genuinely committed to peace — must acknowledge that Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other jihadists sworn to Israel’s destruction are the true threat to Israeli and Palestinian lives alike.
The Church also sustained its support for the discriminatory anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, passing a resolution opposing legislation to protect Israelis from economic warfare. The BDS movement is antithetical to peace, engaged in a nefarious crusade to isolate, delegitimize and cripple the world’s only Jewish state, and the Middle East’s only pluralistic democracy, by boycotting its business, cultural and even academic sectors.
Another adopted resolution obscenely referred to Israel as an “apartheid” state, while a different motion urging the protection of Israeli and Palestinian children alike was voted down. Almost all of the adopted resolutions related to the Middle East focused on attacking one country: Israel.
By not so much as attempting to mask their continued singling out of Israel for unparalleled hostility, a group of political activists in the Presbyterian Church (USA) long ago stripped that denomination of an ability to contribute to building coexistence and actually promoting justice in the Middle East.