The Anti-Israel Religious Left targets the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.
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an “American politician scrambling for Israel Lobby money,” which must be the worst insult Wall can imagine. Except he also compared her to a 1950s white Southern bishop complacently urging the segregated and segregators to live together peacefully.
“Bless you bishop, but there are people in Palestine on protest hunger strikes,” Wall scowled. “Others are dying under the boot of a brutal occupying army.” He seems to imagine the West Bank as a place akin to Poland under the Third Reich, when actually most West Bank Palestinians live under Palestinian rule, while Gaza is controlled by Hamas. Widening his critique, Wall condemned “The New York Times” as a biased “Israeli hometown paper.” He quoted a “source” speculating that Jefferts Schori has surrendered to the “copout of ‘interfaith’ wishy-washiness-cum-cowardice,” i.e. caring about Jewish relations. Wall regrets the “Israel Lobby” has taken her captive on behalf of the “Zionist enterprise.”
No doubt Episcopal reluctance to jump into the vat of anti-Israel boiling oil that Wall and Ateek prefer is influenced by desires for good relations with American Jews. But it’s also true that the Episcopal Church, though obviously very liberal, is not as politically intense as other Mainline Protestants. For example, the Episcopalians were noticeably absent in recent religious demonstrations before the U.S. Supreme Court for Obamacare. They also skipped a recent interfaith call for a “faithful” federal budget that shifts well to the left of the Obama Administration and most congressional Democrats.
Sabeel and the former editor of Christian Century are placing their hopes in Presbyterian and United Methodist anti-Israel divestment proposals. But both denominations have previously rejected divestment by wide margins at their governing conventions. The anti-Israel Religious Left may have betrayal to stoke their anger before this summer ends.
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