When the United Church of Canada passed an ill-advised and irresponsible resolution against Israel on Friday, it entered the world of Mideast politics. As Charles Lewis of The National Post writes:
On Friday, the church’s general council, meeting in Ottawa, gave final approval to a boycott of Israeli goods coming out of the occupied territories. How the boycott would work has still to be determined.
The resolution also offers a mea culpa for an earlier church policy that insisted Palestinians should accept the Jewish nature of Israel as a prerequisite for peace negotiations.
Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Toronto-based Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said Israel does not need the church’s approval, but the absence of any overt support from the resolution further tarnishes the United Church’s image.
“Israel doesn’t require the church’s validation. However, its absence in the recommendations reflects the simplistic and disingenuous nature of the report and its recommended action plan.”Well said. No doubt, Jewish-Christian relations have been set back decades by such a symbolic resolution; the church deciding that this is undoubtedly a matter of conscience, and they must proceed accordingly, have been caught in a trap of their own making. They have been losing members for decades, and their search for relevance has turned it into another social-advocacy group, one among many. But all is not lost.
Now that it has set its heavy boot in the Middle East, the expectation is now that the church will look at passing resolutions against the more serious matter of Syria, Iraq and Egypt—three nations among many in which the Church's Christian breathren have been suffering deadly persecution [see here, here, here and here], and made worse of late by the "Arab Spring."
Yet, somehow, I doubt that will take place, not now, not ever.
You can read the rest of the article at [National Post].