While it’s clear what the boycotters get out of owning the Mennonite “brand,” I’m not sure what the Mennonites get out of such a deal.
Methodist moves to reject BDS can be seen as a form of sanity breaking out within a Mainline movement that’s been jerked around by Israel haters for two decades.
It’s no secret that the most successful way to stop a community from being taken advantage of by the forces of BDS is for members of that community to organization against it. As we have seen in places like food coops, where both members and leaders have been hesitant to hand the reputation of their […]
Israel’s friends on college campuses have gotten used to boycott advocates scheduling their events and votes during Shabbat and the Jewish holidays. But apparently, church-based anti-Israel partisans have begun to realize the advantages of holding their programs during the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. Data point one (OK, it’s my only one right now […]
Many years ago, the leaders of Boston’s Old South Church decided it would be a wonderful idea to invite Naim Ateek of the Sabeel Liberation Theology Center for a public event where he would be given the opportunity to practice his main “religious” activity: the libeling of Israel and her supporters. Given Ateek’s fondness for […]
This will no doubt come to bite me in the butt, but until I can figure out what’s wrong with the CAPTCHA utility I installed a couple months back to keep the site from being flooded with comment spam from various pants and Viagra salespeople, I’ve decided to turn it off so that anyone can […]
During this summer’s Gaza conflict, two organizations that made news earlier in the year when they passed boycott or divestment resolutions – the American Studies Association (ASA) and Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) – issued statements on the conflict. Of the two, ASA’s call to immediately terminate all aid to Israel (taken this time without any pesky […]
I recently reloaded a Tweetdeck App I used when tracking activity during last month’s Presbyterian GA, where a tweet informed me that Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk for PCUSA, released a statement on July 16th calling for an end to the conflict currently underway in Gaza and in the skies over Israel. Now normally, I might […]
It’s now officially time to call it quits on the whole Presbyterian issue and move onto other vital matters, such as the disintegration of the entire Middle East (or at least those portions rarely mentioned in discussions of a “Middle East Conflict” that seems to include Israel, the Palestinians and precious little else). But before […]
Now that a week has passed since the PCUSA decided to turn the clock back to 2004, rejecting four previous General Assembly votes and moving full-steam ahead on divestment once more, there is very little to do but watch the completely predictable consequences of their decision play out. Remember that this is a church which […]
Occasionally, a critic will show up in the comments section of this site questioning my claims of sympathy with civic groups suffering from having had the Middle East conflict dragged into their organization by boycott and divestment advocates. It’s a reasonable challenge, given that I never had anything to do with groups like the food […]
I was watching my youngest son perform in one of my least favorite musicals while the Presbyterians were debating whether or not to hand their reputation over to Omar Barghouti and his friends for another two years. And given that my kid’s shows (and associated ice-cream based socializing) can go well into the night, it […]