Things are moving — and it is happening on a global scale. This issue of Palestine Portal brings a startling and hopeful report from England, information about a new resource from a U.S. denomination, and news of an international conference on Christian Zionism sponsored by Kyoto University.
By Palestine Portal | Oct 18, 2021
“It is some kind of miracle…a positive step in breaching the Church of England’s silence and inaction on Palestinian issues.”
— Karen Fairfax-Cholmeley of Sabeel-Kairos UK and Global Kairos for Justice
The struggle for the liberation of Palestine has reached a tipping point. A debate is underway In the public square on whether it is accurate to speak of Zionism as settler colonialism. In the U.S. House of Representatives, the words “apartheid” and “State of Israel” were spoken in the same breath in a debate on military funding for Israel.
A parallel tipping point has been reached in the church struggle over Israel and Palestine. Protestant denominations in the U.S. have embraced the call of Palestinian civil society for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. Churches at denominational levels in Norway, South Africa and the United States have renounced Zionism, declaring, in the words of the 2020 “Cry for Hope” of Global Kairos for Justice that “support for the oppression of the Palestinian people, whether passive or active, through silence, word or deed, is a sin, incompatible with the Christian faith and a grave misuse of the Bible.”
The grassroots of the churches in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany and South Africa are confronting their church leadership over direct and implicit support of Israel and demanding action at the economic and policy levels. Church leaders in India are making common cause with advocates for Muslim and Dalit minorities to stand against Israel’s discrimination against the Palestinians. Once again, the church has been summoned to its mission — to act in human affairs, providing the moral clarity to bend the arc of history toward justice.
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