Board of Deputies of British Jews slams General Synod debate on Palestine-Israel

A senior Jewish leader has described the language used in Monday’s General Synod debate about Israel and Palestine as evoking “nothing but simple anti-Semitic themes from history”.

The Synod approved a Private Member’s Motion moved by Dr John Dinnen (Hereford), endorsing the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), despite objections from Jewish groups who say that EAPPI is biased and anti-Israeli.

  • As the General Synod debated the motion on Palestine and Israel, EAPPI was circulating a briefing to its supporters about an incident that occurred near the West Bank town of Nablus last Saturday.
  • EAPPI reported that six Palestinians were injured in the incident, and five of them needed hospital treatment. EAPPI said that a group of settlers from Itamar, armed with knives, attacked three Palestinian farmers in Yanoun. 

See also:
the General Synod Digest report of the debate;
and my report for The Jewish Chronicle.

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