Divest from Palestinians Instead - Nolan Finley
Last week at its convention in Detroit, a committee of the Presbyterian church voted to request a boycott of three American companies who supply material and technology to the Israeli Army.
What is it they want to divest from? A rare, functioning Middle East democracy that operates under the rule of law and treats all its citizens - men, women, Arab, Jew - with justice and respect. A nation enduring an average of nearly one rocket attack a day launched by Palestinian militants and their supporters; many of those rockets are targeted at schools and residential neighborhoods. A nation surrounded by neighbors who are pledged to its extermination.
The Palestinians pioneered and perfected terrorism as a means of gaining political leverage. They've strapped bombs to their own young people and sent them forward to murder other young people. And for this they've been given a seat at the table. The Palestinians have taken the money the world has given them and used it to fund hate and violence.
Maybe we should divest from them.
Do Presbyterians Expect Jews to Be the World's Only Christians?
- Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen
On June 20, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to divest its financial holdings in three American companies which do business in Israel because they "profit from non-peaceful pursuits." But if profiting from non-peaceful pursuits is legitimate in some countries, but not in others, then we may conclude that the PCUSA maintains that some countries are justified in having security infrastructures and some are not.
The church did not vote to divest from any other country. Therefore, we can conclude that the only country which is not justified in having a security and defense infrastructure is Israel. In other words, Jews are expected to be the world's only good Christians and to turn the other cheek.
How Dare Israel Defend Itself - Ian O'Doherty
There is a world of difference between the only democracy in a region that is rapidly reverting to open savagery and a terrorist organization that has the complete destruction of a neighboring country as the central plank of their constitution.
The uncomfortable truth is that Israel is the front line of a war that was declared on Western values years ago. Israel must be the only country in the world that is expected to accept the execution of three of its citizens without doing everything within its power to eradicate those responsible. People need to stop siding with the fascist theocrats who look on the destruction of Israel as merely the first step in establishing a global caliphate.