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Beyond Anti-Semitism: and on to Fundamentals of Change

Monday, June 24, 2013
2012 United Methodist General Conference

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FOSNA's Weekly eNews Digest– Richard Falk was recently asked to step down from his position as UN Human Rights Council monitor for the Palestinian territories. He refused, stating "It makes it appear as if criticizing Israel is tantamount to what everybody agrees to be objectionable, which is anti-Semitism. I'm not willing to be intimidated in this way."  Read More

In spite of the tired conflation between anti-semitism and criticism of Israel's policies and US unconditional support for Israel, the bedrock strategies for ending the occupation of Palestine require a return to fundamentals, including appreciation for real anti-Semitism.  Omar Barghouti quotes Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "Have our Jewish sisters and brothers forgotten their humiliation? Have they forgotten the collective punishment, the home demolitions, in their own history so soon?" Read more of Barghouti's article, which outlines the arguments for and against BDS. 

Rashid Khalidi argues for more than BDS: "There has to be a U.S. willingness to consider the views of other consequential actors where the Palestine issue is concerned, from Europe and Russia to China, India and Turkey, and including countries farther afield like Brazil and South Africa... If the aim is to change the status quo, rather than consecrate it, a radically different approach by the United States and others will be necessary." 


Part IV of IX by Marc Ellis

Christians who are no longer silent about the plight of the

Palestinians are characterized as anti-Semites. To avoid this appellation, many Christians disappear from the dialogue/deal front. Others become more active in opposing Israeli policies toward Palestinians. Fortunately, in their work for Palestinian freedom, Christian activists are joined by an increasing number of Jews of Conscience. In turn, these Jews of Conscience are labeled as self-hating Jews by the Jewish establishment. Muslims of Conscience increasingly join forces with Christians and Jews of Conscience on behalf of Palestinians, which is increasingly evident in the Canadian churches. This is New Diaspora in action.   

Yet it is also true that anti-Semitism remains, even among those who struggle for justice for Palestinians. These are surviving remnants of a long history of anti-Semitism. Though they exist, they are not defining. Nonetheless, these remnants must be addressed...  


To learn more about Marc Ellis, click here.