B'nai B'rith Thanks Episcopal Church for Choosing Positive Investment, Not Divestment, in Considering Middle East
B’nai B’rith International extends its appreciation to the delegates at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church for endorsing positive investment in the Holy Land, rather than divestment from companies singled out for doing business with Israel.
As an organization with a profound, longstanding commitment to promoting Christian-Jewish friendship worldwide, as well as peace and coexistence in the Middle East, B’nai B’rith extends thanks to partners who contribute to these vital aims.
The church’s General Convention was held July 5-12 in Indianapolis. In considering ongoing Palestinian-Israeli tensions, senior Episcopalian leaders and the Anglican bishop in Jerusalem have affirmed an approach fostering productivity, rather than divisive or punitive measures.
Episcopalians have further demonstrated a desire for nuance and fairness by eschewing biased materials on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Such materials include the Palestinian document “Kairos” and “Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace,” a narrative that demonizes the Jewish state and distorts its history.
Delegates to the General Convention also decided to direct the church’s “Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to continue to collect, review, and disseminate materials to address Christian anti-Judaism expressed in and stirred by portions of Christian scriptures and liturgical texts.” B’nai B’rith commends Episcopalians for signaling determination to identify and grapple with any lingering expressions of theological antagonism to Jews and their faith.
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