Last year I posted several articles about the booklet because it has wildly contorted information in it such as the view that the Jewish Lobby controls the United States media. It also offers the same distorted belief that many ‘Christian Identity’  groups hold that World War II European Jewish immigrants to Israel were not genetically related to the ancient Israelites.
The author of the Palestinian narrative, Nadia Hijab, in the article IPMN is linked to writes that if the peace talks in the Middle East succeed it would be a bad thing for the Palestinians as would a two state solution.When one reads Hijab’s article as well as several others connected to this site there is a complete disconnect from the official policies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) concerning Israel and Middle East problems.
The PCUSA’s position is to work for a two state solution, and not to push for both a complete boycott and divestment from Israel. In fact, at the 219th General Assembly of the PCUSA an overture claiming that Israel was an apartheid state was disapproved. There was no overture claiming that Zionism was racist.
And yet the site, Al Shabaka: The Palestinian policy network, where just such attempts at delegitimizing Israel as a Jewish State are advocated, is highlighted on the Facebook page of the Presbyterian organization IPMN.Hijab’s article is, “What if Peace Talks ‘Succeed?’ Strategies to Protect & Fulfill Palestinian Rights” Her concern is:
… next year is likely to see a grand ceremony where Palestinian leaders will sign away the right of return and other Palestinian rights in an agreement that would change little on the ground. The plan of the PA’s appointed prime minister, Salam Fayyad, to declare a Palestinian state in 2011 could unwittingly contribute to this outcome by providing the appearance of an “end of conflict” while the reality remains unchanged. If the rest of the world sees that the government of “Palestine” is satisfied with international recognition and a U.N. seat, they will be happy to move on to other problems leaving the Palestinians at Israel’s mercy.
Hijab explains her concerns laying out her foundation for judging the present and future needs of the Palestinians based on the original Palestinian National Charter. This is not different than her narrative in “Steadfast Hope.”Her goals are rooted in the continuing insistence that all of what has been referred to, before 1948, as Palestine is the actual place of Israel’s occupation. Within her section on goals for unifying the Palestinians, Hijab writes:
In the years since the Palestinian National Charter was recognized in 1968 as the common statement of Palestinian goals, there has been a loss of direction regarding the ultimate objective of the Palestinian struggle. .. The PLO gradually shifted from the objective of a secular, democratic state in all of Palestine to supporting the two-state solution. This was formalized after the Palestinian National Council accepted the two-state solution in 1988. It was also “understood,” although this was never formally stated, that the Palestinian right of return would have to be implemented within the Palestinian state for some of the Palestinian refugees with, at best, compensation for the rest.
Hijab’s paper is linked with others on the Palestinian policy site. One is by Ali Abunimah entitled, “Reclaiming Self-Determination.” As one reads through the paper it is clear that self-determinism means a one state solution which would not be a Jewish state. And it would mean that the Jewish people would have to defend their rights to be in any part of what is now Israel. Another paper connects the Palestinian issues to the socialist movement as it is evolving in the United States Social Forum.
That paper is Integrating Palestine into the Progressive Left by Noura Erakat. Erakat links the Palestinian movement, as it promotes the BDM movement (Boycott, Divestment Movement), with various socialist groups including the latest USSF gathering in Detroit this last June (2010). Erakat writes:
According to Kali Akuno, a Malcolm X Movement national organizer and co-founder of the alliance, United Against Racism chose to centralize Palestine in its anti-racist analysis because the alliance’s core activists and organizations “hold a common view that Palestine represents the barometer of the extent to which imperialism is willing to go to ensure that the capitalist system of oppression and exploitation continue unabated. There is a general understanding that the liberation of Palestine is a critical linchpin in the transformation of this system and the creation of a more humane global system.”(Emphasis mine.)
The Palestinian groups which became a part of this summer's USSF, the one Erakat, is writing about, published a resolution, among other things, calling Zionism racist. The leaders write: “The National Synthesis People’s Movement Assembly resolution, adopted by the entire Social Forum, recognized Zionism as a form of racism and endorsed Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against apartheid Israel on Saturday, June 26, 2010!”
I’m not presenting any of this to go into a detailed posting on the papers as problematic as they all are. But to make this point, the IPMN keeps stepping beyond the bounds of acceptable and official Presbyterian policy. They do this by a continuing connection to persons, groups, networks and organizations that are in fact uncommitted to the peace making goals of the church. And since they constantly push a one-sided agenda they are also working beyond any biblical encouragement to hold righteousness, truth and kindness in balance.
[*] I should note that eventually this link will disappear as IPMN moves on with their news & article links.
 'Christian Identity' refers to extreme far right groups that believe the white races are the true Israelites. Some of them are connected to neo-Nazi groups.