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October 31, 2013 3:31 pm

CAMERA: Methodist Church of Britain Survey ‘Presumes Israel’s Guilt’

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A Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protest against Israel. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) is urging its members to contact the Methodist Church of Britain to persuade them not to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

The media watchdog’s campaign comes in response to a recent survey posted online by the Methodist Church of Britain. The 14-question survey asks respondents a series of questions on their view of the BDS movement and whether or not the Methodist Church should be involved.

CAMERA Christian Media Analyst Dexter Van Zile believes the survey is biased against Israel and designed to produce a pro-BDS outcome.

“There is no acknowledgment that maybe the Palestinians have done anything wrong. Israel or Israeli is mentioned at least 10 times in the list of questions. It’s a kangaroo court that presumes Israel’s guilt,” Van Zile told JNS.org.

The Methodist Church of Britain has a history of involvement in the BDS movement. In 2010, it approved a boycott resolution targeting products produced by Israeli companies in the West Bank. But the church received significant pushback over the resolution, including a lawsuit by one of its preachers, David Hallam, who claimed the resolution was “discriminatory” and a “misuse of church funds,” The Telegraph reported.

As a result, the church said it is seeking to open a debate over its position on the BDS movement. According to the church’s website, the survey is a result of motion passed during the July 2013 Methodist Conference that “requests the production of a briefing on the arguments for and against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.”

CAMERA’s Van Zile told JNS.org that the Methodist Church of Britain “has been targeting Israel with a lot of criticism while remaining relatively silent about the misdeeds of its adversaries.”

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  • If you’d like to see / answer the questionnaire —-

    http://www.methodist.org.uk/BDS Briefing

    The site will close on Monday, November 4,2013 – so there is not a great deal of time left.

    I spent a lot of time answering some of the questions, but even a fact or two answer is worth the effort.

    The effort against the Jews is non-stop – and too few answer back.

  • Lenard Poon

    I will Bless those that Bless Israel and curse those that curse Israel. Does not the UMC even follow the Bible let alone read the Scriptures? John Wesley must be shaking his head at how far off base most of the Christian churches have become.

    • Larry S.

      What a bunch of slimey hypocrites. I’d say Jews immigrating to Palestine in the last century treated the Arabs much better than the Brits did indigineous people they encountered in their far flung empire.

      If I visit the dhimmified Sceptered Isle again- which I’m not inclined to do given their craven posture toward Islam- I’d like to visit the British Museum. Perhaps I can see the Aussie aborigine some Brit shot to death so he could send a real live abo- dead of course- back to Britain so proper Englishmen could see what they looked like.

      What a sleazy, philistine church has emerged from a craven people who did not see fit to preserve a glorious national heritage. Pitiful.

    • Kevin

      I was baptised a Methodist…years ago…and my great uncle whom was also Methodist was Murdered in Mauthausen in 1944(he lasted two monhes and is on the memorial to the deportees in Paris….he married a French gal after WW1!!…and he was there pparently for his own protection)…yes sure he thort ov that in the mines at Linz
      Eh gals….if….you belive in a god….surely its ALL the SAME one?…we are not children saying my team plays a better game then yours..In the words of the Beatle..I AM He ,as you are H..as you are ME…and we are ALL TOGETHER?