• TerrorIsEvil

    Israel Lyon, Chair JSpaceCanada Co-ordinating Committee is wrong. If “most Palestinians would prefer to control all of the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea,” then that is a what we call genocide or another Holocaust because Jews live and have lived in that land for 3000 years. Lyon knows that Islam cannot live with Jews and those they call “infidels.” To ignore reality in a delusional cloud of wishful thinking that believes in a solution that will satisfy those who hate Jews is an anti-Semitic and dangerous stance. Settlements or no settlements, the Islamists will not stop until Israel is theirs – all of it. Lyon is misleading Jews in the same way those in Europe saw fit to reassure Jews in Europe before WWII that they were safe and that the Nazi menace would pass or was not of any significance and that appeasement was the way to go.

  • Borukh

    Sid Soban’s diatribe against the United Church is as flawed as his language concerning the “liberated” areas of the West Bank and his accuracy. The United Church today is not what it was “more than 60 years ago” and Rev. A.C. Forrest was never the church’s Moderator. He was editor of the United Church Observer. Soban ignores productive work done by the church and the Jewish community for over a generation, culminating in Bearing Faithful Witness: United Church-Jewish Relations Today (1997).

    He flagrantly misrepresents the church’s recent deliberations about Israel and the Palestinians. The 41st General Council (2012) in fact rejected “all forms of violence and of incitements of violence” in the conflict, denouncing “the ongoing aggression and incitement to violence towards the state of Israel and its people by many and diverse parties, individuals and governments in the region and around the world”; supported “a negotiated settlement to the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees that maintains the demographic integrity of Israel”; and denounced “all questions of Israel’s right to exist or that seek to undermine its legitimacy as a state”. So much for Soban’s claim that the United Church “turns a blind eye both to persistent Islamic hatred, vilification and terrorism directed against Jews and Israel”.

    As for his claim that the UC has turned a blind eye to “international divestment boycott and sanctions movement against Israel”, This too is false. The Report of the Working Group on Israel-Palestine, which led to the specific resolutions passed by the 41st General Council in August as official UC policy, noted: “Some campaigns [which oppose the occupation], however, cross lines of legitimate criticism of Israeli policy by the use of language that delegitimizes Israel’s existence” (Section 5.3). The Report went on to state: “The challenge with the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement as a whole is that it involves too broad a spectrum of participants with significantly varied and sometimes unacceptable goals. For example, seeking to boycott all Israeli products and activities leaves the impression that the existence of Israel itself is challenged. Similarly, a boycott of Israeli academics undercuts a segment of Israeli society widely known for its opposition to government policies; such a policy, therefore, appears counterproductive.” Could anything be clearer?

    As a result, the General Assembly followed the Working Groups recommendation to focus economic opposition to the occupation only on products form the settlements. The policy passed calls for: “encouraging members of the United Church to avoid any and all products produced in the settlements; requesting that the Canadian government ensure that all products produced in the settlements be labelled clearly and differently from products of Israel; requesting that the Canadian government ensure that products produced in the settlements not be given preferential treatment under the Canada–Israel Free Trade Agreement; [and] inviting the participation of other Canadian churches in the campaign.”