The Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) is an approved organization within the Presbyterian Church (USA). It will be playing the same role at the upcoming PCUSA General Assembly that United Methodist Kairos Response played at last week’s UM General Conference, which means it will be the front group that funnels the work of outside activists into the denomination’s decision-making process.
The IPMN is run by people who either are anti-Semites, or who have no scruples about consorting with them. For the last three years, I and a handful of Presbyterian bloggers have tracked the IPMN’s frequent plunges into the sewer. I’ve done so at The Reformed Pastor in more than two dozen posts (the most revealing being this, this, this, this, this, this, and this–check out the last one inparticular; Gilad Atzmon is so bad most of the Palestinian solidarity movement won’t have anything to do with him). So bad did it get that the IPMN finally shut down its Facebook page, so that its approval of anti-Semitic tropes would be more difficult to track.
They still have a Twitter feed, however, and they’ve been no more careful about their linkage there. Yesterday, they linked to something called the Orthodox Cognate Page, which is run by a collection of people associated with the Malankara Orthodox Church of India. The link is to an article by a Palestinian Muslim journalist, Khalid Amayreh, who makes clear why he thinks Palestinian Christians are having a hard time of it:
But the special hatred (and contempt) of Christians by Jews, especially Orthodox Jews, goes deep in history and certainly precedes modern Zionism by numerous centuries.
According to Yisrael Shahak, author of Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years, Judaism is imbued with a very deep hatred toward Christianity, combined with ignorance about it. He argues that Jewish hatred of Christianity, though partly aggravated by Christian persecution of Jews, was mainly religious and theological in nature. …
[Shahak’s book is anti-Semitic propaganda, filled with fabrications, one of which is this: “…both before and after a meal, a pious Jew ritually washes his hands… On one of these two occasions he is worshiping God… but on the other he is worshiping Satan…” (p. 34)]
Hence, one can safely claim that Jewish and Judaic hostility to Christianity is inherent and intrinsic and transcends all Christian pogroms, including the holocaust. …
There is no doubt that Jewish hostility, dormant or otherwise, to Christianity is being deliberately kept secret as much as possible by much of the media in the West. This per se constitutes a conspiracy. After all, why of all themes and subject, Talmudic perceptions of Christianity and Christians remain more or less a taboo in western scholarship?
This is the kind of stuff that the IPMN is recommending their followers read. This is the organization that will be leading the charge for PCUSA divestment. This is a group that the denomination ought to have repudiated long since, but which still resides in the good graces of its leadership.