Methodists regarded slavery as sinful, but tolerated it in America in the 1840s, as Harriet Beecher Stowe documented
Monthly Archives: April 2012
Methodists can help free Jews of indoctrination, and alleviate Palestinian suffering
Word came down this afternoon that the Methodist divestment resolution will be considered tomorrow in front of the conference plenary. Here, Hedy Epstein explains how divestment is a “strong, humane and prophetic response to the injustice daily faced by the Palestinians.”
Special relationship in a nutshell: Mitt Romney mourns the death of a foreign prime minister’s father
Between 1917 and 1948 Great Britain more than any other nation helped to lay the diplomatic, governmental, military and economic foundations for Israel. Yet its commitment to the Zionist cause was due to its own imperial interest.
A letter to a Methodist Reverend on why he should divestment from the military occupation of Palestine.
The New York Times and Atlantic fell for sensationalist cries for attacking Iran
Anna Baltzer and Sydney Levy offer an update on where things stand on the Methodist divestment vote, and what lessons were learned during the first week of the General Conference.
Beinart’s new book to be brave, important, and blinkered all at once. The biggest problem is Beinart’s false, idealized image of pre-1967 Israel as a “flawed, but genuine democracy.” This doesn’t work because even within the green line Israel has always been a non-democratic apartheid state.
John Wesley’s writing on slavery from 1774 can offer guidance to Methodists considering divesting from the occupation.
Most media reports coming from Israel and Palestine focus on the conflict there. The impression you get is that Jews and Palestinians are interested only in making each other suffer. As a Quaker who tries to follow Christ’s call to be a peacemaker, I wanted to see for myself what was happening there in terms of peace-making efforts by ordinary people that often go unnoticed and unreported.
When United Methodist delegates gather as a plenary to vote on church policies this week, two petitions will be presented that reflect opposing approaches to helping Palestinians.
The art of inception is planting a dream in someone else so they think they came up with the idea
and other news from Today in Palestine: Land Theft & Destruction / Ethnic Cleansing / Palestinian History Jordan Valley Resident Forcibly Removed from Home JORDAN VALLEY, April 27, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli soldiers forcibly removed on Friday a Palestinian resident of the Jordan Valley to an area behind a military checkpoint that separates the […]
Ehud Barak has expressed messianism; it’s not just Yuval Diskin diagnosing it
Israeli Defense Ministry distributes hiking guides with Palestinian destinations to bereaved families
Jimmy Kimmel slams ‘bomb-em’ Netanyahu at White House Correspondents dinner
Who’s the messianic threat in the Middle East, Iran or Netanyahu? Netanyahu, says former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin
Settlers raise Israel’s flag on top of Ibrahimi mosque IMEMC 26 Apr — A group of Israeli settlers raised Israeli flags on top of the fourth holiest site in Islam, the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. This is the first time ever since Hebron fell under Israeli occupation in 1967. […]
On Friday, a United Methodist Church subcommittee voted to amend a call on the church’s Pension Board to divest from three companies that enable the occupation, to instead look for opportunities for Palestinian investment. However, support for divestment was sufficient enough to force a presentation in support of divestment to the full conference sometime next week.
Palestinians are railing against Israeli administrative detention, imprisonment without charge, with over 2,000 prisoners currently on hunger strike, two of whom are in critical condition now in their 59th day of strike.
Palestine human rights campaigners today welcomed news that the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer, The Co-operative Group, will “no longer engage with any supplier of produce known to be sourcing from the Israeli settlements”.
Earlier this week, Israel ordered Palestinian farmers in Deir Istiya (pictured above in 2009) to uproot 1,400 trees by the end of the month.
Members of the coalition Jews Against Islamophobia take to the Jewish Week to deliver a searing indictment of Ray Kelly, the NYPD chief.
Billboards in New Mexico and Colorado have allowed Americans to debate aid to Israel