Thursday, 22 December 2011

Antisemitism and the Presbyterian Church

A one-sided, anti-Israel presentation by representatives of the Presbyterian Church of Canada occurred at St. Andrews Church in Toronto on Thursday December 15, 2011. It was the report of a few Presbyterian representatives who responded to the anti-Semitic KAIROS Palestine document (  that includes terminology such as “The West sought to make amends for what Jews had endured in the countries of Europe, but it made amends on our account and in our land. They tried to correct an injustice and the result was a new injustice.

The KAIROS Palestine document seeks to delegitimize any biblical attachment between Jews and the land of Israel and explicitly calls for “resistance” against Israel while ignoring the causes of the middle east conflict, Israel’s need for security of the many and ongoing acts of terror by Palestinians and Arabs against Israelis.

The document is a disgrace, which wrong-headedly attempts to lend the ideology of Christianity to support for Palestinian renunciation of the peace process.  One speaker, Rick Horst, the Minster of the Barrie, Ontario`s St. Andrews`s Church, in a common anti-Semitic canard, attributed ``injustices`` perpetrated against the Palestinians to ``Zionist and Jewish Lobbies in the west`.

The Presbyterian Church of Canada’s allowing itself to be a vehicle of anti-Semitism and the enabling of terrorism is something to be condemned in the strongest terms.

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