I don’t want to alarm you, but I think you should be alarmed. In times of conflict past, Jews have been a consistent scapegoat. What with the Arab “Spring”, a belligerent Iran, a blustering Russia, Europe splintering, China flexing, and a close US election (just to name a few sources of friction), this could safely called a time of conflict.
That’s the only safe thing about it.
As South Africa, Denmark, and other countries unilaterally determine which products for sale in their stores may be labeled as Israeli, so some churches want to get in on the boycotting and ghettoizing act.
The United Church of Christ just called for a boycott of goods produced in Israeli settlements, including eastern Jerusalem. In a new report released a few days ago in Canada, which will have severe consequences for the congregation in North America, the Church calls for an economic divestment against the Jewish State.
The “Report of the Working Group on Israel/Palestine Policy” will be considered by the Church’s General Council, which meets in August (another major Christian denomination, the Presbyterian Church, is considering approving a similar resolution at its General Assembly scheduled to take place in Pittsburgh in July).
“Throughout the Middle East there are millions of Christians in grave danger from repressive regimes, but there are no calls for boycotts of those countries, this is idiocy”, said Shimon Fogel, head of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.
Now, hang on, BTL, I hear you thinking. Trinity United is just one church, and Jeremiah Wright is just one pastor—and he’s retired.
You just go on thinking that:
The boycott will have political consequences in the United States, since the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago is the congregation where Barack Obama has worshipped for two decades and he and his children were baptized.
According to Ed Klein, author of a new book titled “The Amateur”, “Jeremiah Wright was like a second father to Barack Obama and helped shape his political philosophy” (even “The Audacity of Hope” was derived from a sermon by Obama’s former pastor). Wright, who is a leader in the United Church, compared Israel to Nazi Germany and called the Jewish State a “deformed modern apartheid”.
The new United Church’s report also brands Christian Zionism as “a false doctrine” and depicts Zionism as a modern form of faithlessness and rejection of God.
Elsewhere, Geoffrey Black, President of the United Church, issued a statement endorsing the Palestinian U.N. bid for statehood.
Wright has endorsed the recent Islamist “March to Jerusalem” planned in Qatar.
The United Church also embraced the “Kairos Document”, the important Palestinian Christian document which rejects the Jewish State, says that its security policies are “a sin against God” and promotes the boycott.
Lord knows we’ve tried reason and outrage over the years to make our point, but I think Prime Minister Netanyahu may have the correct approach. By forming an alliance with Kadima, he’s circled the wagons. If they’re coming for the Jews again, they’re going to pay. Before, the only stain on the pogromists was moral; this time, it will be of a more organic nature.