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Title: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Israeli-PalestinianConflict
  • The One-Sided View of the
  • United Methodist Church

The UMC consistently presentsa one-sided view of
the Israeli-Palestinian conflictin its print
and online resources.
  • New World Outlook is not attempting to provide
    balanced views about the conflict in this issue.
    New World Outlook is attempting to be the
    balance. Readers can find the Israeli viewpoint
    in the mainstream media, on the internet, and in
    many books on the issue.
  • New World Outlook Editor Christie House

The Wall on the cover of UMCsmission-activitie
  • Israelis constantly inflict harsh measures on
    all Palestinians. They attack and kill
    Palestinian Muslims on a regular basis in the
    name of security. When Israelis strike at a
    neighborhood in the Gaza Strip and scores of
    Palestinian men, women, and children get killed,
    the cries of these oppressed hardly make it into
    the airwaves of our digital world.
  • Unheard
  • New World Outlook
  • MarchApril 2007

UMCs Web ResourcesTap Into Extremism
  • As part of its Israeli-Palestinian Mission
    Study, the UMC promotes a bibliography heavily
    dependent upon Americans for Middle East
    Understanding, a group funded by various Saudi
    concerns such as the World Muslim League.

The long list of offerings are without exception
one-sided, with titles including
  • Israel An Apartheid State
  • Original Sins Reflections on the History of
    Zionism and Israel

Does this belong on any mission study resource
  • One entry in the bibliography, The Mythic Past
    Biblical Archaeology and the Myth of Israel,
    makes a fiction of the Israel of the Old

Some entries in the bibliographygo beyond a
one-sided examinationof the conflict.
A few are staples of anti-Jewish and neo-nazi
  • The Holocaust Industry Reflections on the
    Exploitation of Jewish Suffering
  • Remember the Liberty
  • Jewish History, Jewish Religion The Weight of
    Three Thousand Years

Global Ministries Photo Gallery shows only the
Palestinian narrative.
Where are the pictures of Israeli civilians
blown up by suicide bombers?
Where are the pictures of the victims of terror
in discos and clubs in Tel Aviv?
Where are the pictures of Qassam rocket attacks
on classrooms in Sderot?
UMCs bias is contrary to the balance the 2004
General Conference specified
  • We urge all United Methodists in the U.S. to
    encourage members of each congregation to study
    the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

from all perspectives
by inviting speakers to church events, reading
books, using audio visual resources in
educational forums, and getting information from
The UMC laid the groundwork for the anti-Israel
resolutions of other Protestant denominations
  • UMCs May 2004 statement, Opposition to Israeli
    Settlements in Palestinian Land, preceded the
    Presbyterian Church USAs divestment resolution.
  • That one-sided measure dwells on the separation
    wall, intensified closures, curfews,
    dehumanizing checkpoints, home demolitions with
    scant attention given to the terror war waged
    against Israeli civilians.

  • UMC has been instrumental in the formation of
    and ongoing leadership of the BDS (Boycott,
    Divestment, Sanction) movement through its
    involvement in the U.S. Campaign to End the
    Israeli Occupation. This organization actively
    seeks to delegitimize the Jewish State

  • Global Ministries Executive Secretary David
    Wildman and missionary Ashley Wilkinson-Meyer sit
    on the Steering Committee of the U.S. Campaign.
  • Global Ministries Womens Division urged one
    million members of United Methodist Women to
    participate in the U.S. Campaigns June 2007
    demon-stration called The World Says No to
    Israeli Occupation.

UMC consistently presents a one-sided view on
its fact-finding visits to the region.
From a 2007 trip briefing
  • Emphasis was on hearing the Palestinian side
    of the story because most Americans are already
    familiar with the Israeli side of the issue.
  • David Wildman
  • Executive Secretary, Human Rights and
    Racial Justice,
  • General Board of Global Ministries

Global Mission's study book on the Middle East
has drawn intense criticism from Christian and
Jewish groups
  • Christians for Fair Witness replete with
    factual errors, misrepresentations, material
    omissions and distortions. A somewhat blatant
    attempt to portray Jews and Israelis in as
    damning a light as possible.
  • Jewish Council for Public Affairs the most
    egregious thing that has crossed my desk that was
    not put out by an overt hate group.

The study book portrays Jews, both in ancient and
modern times, as a contentious people, unlike
Muslims who are presented as paragons of
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Jewish
immigrants to Palestine are depicted as European
usurpers and a people too psychologically damaged
by a history of anti-semitism to be able to live
in peace with their neighbors.
  • The viewpoint of the early Jewish settlers
    was that of Western European colonialists. Today
    we would surely judge that outlook as basically
    racist, and it still is.
  • Israel-Palestine
  • A Mission Study
  • for 2007-2008, p. 32

  • The Israelis have seldom taken responsibility,
    at least publicly, for their belligerence and
    their intentional undermining of attempts at
    resolutions to the conflict.
  • Israel-Palestine
  • A Mission Study
  • for 2007-2008, p. 71

  • For its day-long Israel-Palestine Mission Study
    seminars, Global Ministries provides handouts
    designed to inform Methodists of the regions

These handouts make the case against a Jewish
presence in the land of Israel.
Only alleged Jewish aggression is chronicled,
with Arab attacks either justified or simply
omitted. Consequently
  • the outbreak of the Arab Revolt of 1936,
    orchestrated by Arab leaders and leading to the
    killing of 85 Jews, is attributed to legitimate
  • no mention is made of the invasion by six Arab
    nations after Israels May 1948 declaration of

  • Israels 1967 occupation of Gaza and West Bank is
    presented without context. Recipients of the
    UMCs handouts are not informed of the events
    leading up to the Six-Day War when a combined
    threat from Egypt and Syria saw 80,000 troops
    massed at Israels borders with a simultaneous
    naval blockade
  • no mention is made of Egypt and Syrias surprise
    attack of Israel in 1973 on Yom Kippur, the
    holiest day of the Jewish calendar

  • no reference is made to Hamas anti-semitic
    charter calling for the obliteration of Israel
  • Hezbollah, which rained rockets on Israels
    north, is not mentioned
  • the handouts ignore a sustained Palestinian
    campaign to glorify martyrdom to children and to
    viciously depict all Jews as enemies who ought to
    be killed.

The net result is that Methodists who receive
their lessons in Middle East history from the UMC
come away misinformed, with no sense of the real
complexities involved in addressing the conflict.
What can Methodists do?
  • Become aware of the extent that UMC resources
    show bias in the depiction of the
    Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • Read from a broad array of sources. Two books
    that provide a larger context are
  • Eugene Korns The Jewish Connection to Israel,
    the Promised Land A Brief Introduction for
  • Paul Johnsons A History of the Jews
  • Please share this presentation with concerned

Insist on balance in all UMC resources and church
events in keeping with the 2004 General
Conference mandate
  • We urge all United Methodists in the U.S. to
    encourage members of each congregation to study
    the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

from all perspectives.