After finding out that San Francisco Presbytery has passed a couple of horrendous overtures, one calling Israel an apartheid State "SanFran-Apartheid" and one commending the Kairos Palestine Document "SanFran-Kairos" (Both found here Report #9 )* I have wondered about the possibilities of demonstrations at the 219th Presbyterian (U.S.A.) General Assembly. Will The International Solidarity Movement, a Palestinian protest group, show up, in step with San Francisco Presbytery? Will groups seeking rights for LGBT people demonstrate? Or will that awful family group, Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church show up to insult the more progressive presbyteries like San Francisco while agreeing with and applauding their anti-Semitism.
The overture calling Israel apartheid, “On recognition that Israel’s Laws, Policies, and Practices Constitute Apartheid Against the Palestinian People,” is attempting to put it in such a manner that the United Nations would state that Israel is committing crimes of Apartheid. “The General Assembly directs the Stated Clerk of the PC (U.S.A.) send this overture to the United Nations, encouraging them to find the state of Israel is committing the crime of apartheid and to take appropriate actions.”
Included in the overture is the need to not only push Israel back to her borders before the 1967 war but back to her borders before the 1948 defensive in which the new state defended herself against at least five Arab nations. The link to that suggestion in the rationale is on a site, Palestine Think Tank, whose authors insist that “Zionism is wrong. Zionism is racism. For Zionism to happen, it means the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous people of the land of Palestine. We accept nothing about Zionism as being positive …”
The site also has a section for videos, this is one of them:
The link also provides the reader with titillating cartoons and articles. One cartoon with an article is a caricature of President Obama dressed as Prince Machiavellian. Another is a picture of the Star of David stuck in a Jewish menorah which is stuck in a gun.
The rationale for the overture is huge with maps included, some from the above site. Many of the end note links go to the Booklet Steadfast Hope: the Palestinian Search for a Just Peace,” published by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). I have pointed out in several postings the anti-Semitism of this particular booklet.
It suggests that the Jewish people who immigrated to Israel are not the descendents of ancient Israelites. It states that the Jewish media in the United States and Israel controls government and world policies. It considers the Israelis liars who are not defending their country but are instead attempting to commit genocide.
Another site that is used for information and as a link is mainly involved in encouraging the academic boycott of Israel. That kind of boycott is always a bad idea as it is a direct attack against academic freedom. On that site is an article tying the cause of academic freedom to the Enlightenment and insisting that philosophers like Immanuel Kant thought that, “At best academic freedom was perceived as the right to ask troubling questions. At worst was the right to harass whomever asked too much.”
The author, Anat Matar, believes academic freedom simply gives power to rulers rather than citizens. But, if I want to read an academic paper from Israel, or hear an Israeli professor speak at a nearby university and I can’t because of an academic boycott, not only is the professor’s freedom curtailed so is mine. So are the freedoms of Israel and the whole world.
The Overture “On recognition that Israel’s Laws, Policies, and Practices Constitute Apartheid Against the Palestinian People,” with its rationale appears to be full of facts but they are all one sided facts taken mostly from sites and persons who are only interested in the Palestinians. There is nothing at all about the needs of Israel.
The second Overture, “On Commending “A Moment of Truth: A Word of Faith and Hope from the Heart of Palestinian Suffering” as an Advocacy Tool is not any less anti-Semitic than the apartheid one. I have already written about the “On Commending “A Moment of Truth: A Word of Faith and Hope from the Heart of Palestinian Suffering” which is also referred to as the Kairos Palestine Document.
The biggest problem with the document is that it calls for a non-Jewish state to replace the Jewish State of Israel. There are many other problems and you can read about them at Presbyterian Middle East Study Team & "The Kairos Palestine Document" no longer a Jewish Nation? This past week the Simon Wiesenthal Center sent out a press release stating that the Presbyterian Church was ready to declare war on Israel.” Amazingly they had not yet seen these two overtures. If these two overtures pass war will have been declared and there undoubtedly will no longer be any relationship between the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Jewish people in the United States. May God have mercy on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Update:* The overtures are not yet on the 219th GA site-but they are on the Presbytery of SF site. I have linked to them so you get the whole packet of overtures. I am not sure if they were changed in any way. But they look the same as the ones I have in my e-mail.
 See Naming His Grace: Were Holocaust victims linked genealogically to biblical Israel?
 The overture uses this site to point to a quote by Ariel Sharon in 1998. The gathering of such quotes can be suspect since they are many times out of context.
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