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Global Ministries Publicizes Anti-Zionist "Bethlehem Call"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hello.

This is Dexter Van Zile.

I left the United Church of Christ a few years ago.

And this blog has been silent for quite a while.

Nevertheless, I am going to impose on James Hutchins' kindness and hospitality and use UCCtruths to draw peoples' attention to the Global Ministries website.

As most followers of this website know, the Global Ministries of the UCC and the Disciples of Christ has been a persistent source of anti-Israel messaging over the years. This volume of anti-Israel messaging has declined substantially in the past few years, particularly since the 2007 General Synod which stated that the 2005 General Synod failed to take into account all of the aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict in passing the resolutions it did.

The anti-Israel messaging hasn't disappeared altogether, however. For example, Global Ministries publicized "The Kairos Document" issued by Palestinian Christians a few years back.

More recently, Global Ministries has publicized a document titled "The Bethlehem Call." This document, created by the same folks who wrote "The Kairos Document," is a pretty ugly text.

One notable passage states: "The deligitimization and criminalization of the Israeli government and its local and international support base is gaining unstoppable momentum."

Here, the document affirms the delegitimization and crimininalization of the Israeli government itself.

Have you seen any documents on the Global Ministries website affirming the delegitimization and criminalization of other governments in the Middle East?

I don't think so.

There are other passages in The Bethlehem Call that are of interest. For example, the document describes The Amman Call issued by the World Council of Churches in 2007 as ending "60 years without a unified Christian voice speaking against the Israeli occupation of Palestine."

Do the math (2007-60=1947) and you'll see that what the authors of The Bethlehem Call have done is to declare all of Israel occupied territory. They are not talking merely about the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, but the entire state of Israel.

Exactly why is Global Ministries publicizing a document such as this?


posted by Dexter Van Zile, Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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