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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Love Israel? Criticize It


This is an important piece by Peter Beinart, Love Israel? Criticize It:

I was raised to love Israel, and I will teach my children to love it. But we don't get to choose what is true. And if you love Israel not only because it is a Jewish state but also because it is a liberal democratic Jewish state, a state that strives to embody the best in the Jewish ethical tradition, there is only one decent response to these truths: fury. If you're not angry, you're either not paying attention or you don't care.
I love Israel. I value its democracy. I value its steps ahead for LGBT rights. It is because I value it that I need to criticize it for its abuses. This is the spirit behind the report from the Middle East Study Committee and behind the overture from the Presbytery of San Francisco.
Recognizing that Israel’s laws, policies, and practices constitute apartheid against the Palestinian people, the Presbytery of San Francisco overtures the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to do the following:

1. Direct the Stated Clerk of the PC(USA) to send this overture to the United Nations, encouraging them to find that the state of Israel is committing the crime of apartheid and to take the appropriate actions.

2. Direct the Stated Clerk of the PC(USA) to communicate this information to the president and the Congress of the United States.

3. Urge its members, congregations, presbyteries, and national staff units, including the Office of Interfaith Relations, to study this matter and to seek appropriate ways to bring an end to Israeli apartheid.

4. Direct the General Assembly Mission Council to prepare study resources, and urge presbyteries to provide opportunities for study and discussion to further educate church members about the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Read Beinart's essay in the New York Review of Books, The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment.
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