Sunday, 19 February 2006

More about the Chief Rabbi and the CofE

Jerusalem Post UK top rabbi takes on Anglican Church by George Conger

BBC Bishop defends Church Israel move and listen (Real Audio - 5 mins) to Bishop of Hulme and Chief Rabbi from the Sunday radio programme (programme features The Right Reverend Stephen Lowe and Rabbi Alan Plancey, who covers Jewish-Christian Relations for the Chief Rabbi’s Cabinet)

New York Times Alan Cowell Divestiture Dispute in Britain Raises Jewish-Christian Tensions

Associated Press Churches Debate Pro-Palestinian Divestment (from the WCC meeting in Brazil)

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Sunday, 19 February 2006 at 2:01pm GMT
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A lot of the articles are focussing on the tension that has been created.

However, there is an important paragraph in Sacks full paper (see 19 February for link) which talks about constructive alternative solutions:

"The Church could have chosen, instead of penalizing Israel, to invest in the Palestinian economy. That would have helped the Palestinians. It would have had the support of most Israelis and most Jews. Indeed it is an Australian-born Jew, James Wolfensohn, former head of the World Bank, who is supervising the reconstruction of the Palestinian economy on behalf of the Group of Four, and who personally raised the funds to buy for the Palestinians the Israeli agricultural facilities in Gaza."

It would be better if the press and leaders of the various communities could rise above sensationalism and feeding grudges to looking to practical solutions.

The Vietnamese could play a very good role model in this regard, despite all the atrocities and war crimes committed against them, as a nation they have chosen to not become bogged down in retribution or victim mentality. Instead they have asked people to be allies to help them overcome their past and build a positive future. Further, they deserve double accolades because for the first few decades after ousting the Khmer Rouge from Kampuchea, they gave more rice per capita to their neighbours who had survived the killing fields than to their own people. Doing this during continuing vilification and trade sanctions by the sulking war machine that imposed both napalm and a mutagenic agent orange legacy on their nation.

One way to contribute towards world peace is finding practical examples where justice and compassion have triumphed and holding them up as achievable role models.

Posted by: Cheryl Clough on Sunday, 19 February 2006 at 8:26pm GMT

Also, just a compassionate note for the Synod people and for others. One of the problems is that there are people who are seeking to "divide and conquer" and to inflame hostilities between moderate people. Thus a decision that might normally not be significant can be inflamed into a major diplomatic issue.

The same kind of provocation was attempted during the evacuation of Gaza. (Remember the bombings into the airport, including the bomb that failed to explode in the back of the taxi?) Sacks was not joking when he said the Israelites had risked civil war in how they had evacuated Gaza. The bombings prove how much the extremists yearn to destabilize the Israelites psyches'.

Posted by: Cheryl Clough on Sunday, 19 February 2006 at 8:52pm GMT
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