UPDATE: I decided to put this up here just to make sure it got noticed. I heard from Matt at PPF, and he acknowledged the error, thanked me for pointing it out, and has changed it. I appreciate his quick attention to what sounds like an inadvertent error. The more important part of this post is now the second half.
The Israel-Palestine Mission Network of the PCUSA recently joined the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which among other things advocates for boycotts of Israeli good that are connected in any way, shape, or form with West Bank settlements.
No surprise there. I only wonder what took them so long. Their brethren at the far left/anti-Semite enabling U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation have been at the forefront of this for several years, as have various Palestinian supporters (and more than a few terrorist sympathizers and enablers) in American and European academia.
The IPMN, which trumpets that it speaks to the denomination but not for it (despite being under the umbrella of the General Assembly Mission Council, which solicits funds on its behalf and grants it use of the PCUSA’s charitable organization tax exemption) sent out a press release which is linked above, and which has the usual boilerplate rhetoric. I mention it because the release also appears on the web site of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, with an interesting attribution:
By NICOLE WINFIELD
The Associated Press
CHICAGO-In response to a call to action from the Christians of the Holy Land, The Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) [PC(USA)] voted at its annual meeting to join the international boycott of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).
Given that Nicole Winfield is the AP’s correspondent covering the Vatican (and who has filed reports from there within the last 24 hours) it’s hard to see how she could have anything to do with an IPMN press release, especially one reproduced word-for-word by the PPF. I’ve written to PPF to let them know that someone has noticed this, and to suggest that they change it. I’ll be interested to see what happens.
BY THE WAY: It’s only tangential to the subject, but since I mentioned the USCEIO I thought I’d bring it up here. On Saturday, comedian Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” will be coming to Washington and holding an event called “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Stewart has not said much about what actually going to happen, and the web site is really vague about the event (other than that it will be addressed by “Jon Stewart and special guests”). If you’re going, you might want to know in advance that at least two groups are planning on hijacking the event for their own far left purposes:
Help us and CodePink, at a “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” on the National Mall, to spread our simple message that Middle East peace can only be achieved by respecting human rights, international law, and UN resolutions.
So what do you suppose the loons at Code Pink, and the extremists at UNCEIO, would be doing at a “Rally to Restore Sanity”? Rallying to restore insanity?