American Jewish leaders are condemning a report by the Presbyterian Church USA that blames Israel for the “Palestinian resistance” and denounces companies that conduct business with Israel.

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) say the Presbyterian report reduces the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a caricature, demonizes Israel, and demands the creation of a Palestinian state.

“It’s a highly-selective use of text, history and circumstances to form an anti-Israel narrative,” says JCPA vice president Ethan Felson.

The 172-page report, written by the Presbyterian Church’s Middle East Study Committee, charges the US government with “complicity in the Israeli occupation” and suggests that the government consider withholding aid to Israel until it agrees to stop building settlements. It singles out the U.S. firm Caterpillar, which manufactures construction equipment, for its “continued profit-making from non-peaceful use of its products.”

The report also endorses the Kairos Palestine document, a manifesto by Christian Palestinians that calls for an end to Israel as a Jewish state and uses words like “evil” and “sin” to describe Israeli actions.

Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of JCPA, says that Jewish leaders are dismayed at the attempt to “delegitimize and demonize” Israel.

Last week, however, the Rev. Susan Andrews of the Presbyterian Church USA told The Jewish Week that “the recommendations we will be making are in keeping with our former statements and policies.”

“Our report is not about divestment,” she said. “Its main focus is on our Christian brothers and sisters in Lebanon, Syria and on what we hear from Iran and Iraq.”

The Presbyterian Church USA raised the ire of the Jewish community in 2004, when the General Assembly approved faith-selective divestment from Israel. In 2006 and 2008, it retreated from its position.

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  1. Stephen says:

    The Jews must die to hasten the coming of our Lord.

  2. babbazee says:

    yeah so cross yer feet Babba he only got three nails

  3. Luis says:

    The PCUSA is crazy!
    To whom were committed the oracles?

    Romans 3.1-2
    What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

    Hebrews 5.12
    For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

  4. pbird says:

    That you satan (stephen)?

  5. My local Presbyterian USA church up the road has a new minister. I’m almost certain that she’s an Israel blamer.

    I’m not going to darken the door of that church now!

  6. jeff thompson says:

    Christ came so that all could have a direct relationship with God. Christianity is not conducive to either Judaism or Islam. Laugh, yes- I hear you. Christ is not about religion, and Christ would not be in favor of the Nation of Israel. The Torah says, spread to the corners of the earth, not congregate and thrash my people.

    The Orthodox Jews have it correct. There is no basis for Israel in the Torah due to God’s command to spread.

    Revelations? Not the voice of my master. That just may be the lesson of that book.

    To all – education is not learning what others have written, it is knowing how to think for yourself!

  7. Michael Harrington says:

    And the Lord said to Abram Gen 12:3 “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. ” It is NEVER a good time to be against Israel. We should be supplying them with all the finances and military hardware they want and stay OUT of their politics. The PCUSA has dug their own hole. They know better.

  8. Michael Smith says:

    All religions are a sham and something for the weak minded sheep to follow.

    If we didn’t have religion, the world would be a much better place.

    All religions are hypocritical.

    Quit this hatred of each other in the indirect name of religion, you blind people.

  9. Mariel says:

    The scriptures say to spread and populate the earth. They also
    say that in the last days the Jews will be regathered into Israel.
    You missed the last part,Jeff!.

    I am so sad that the mainstream Christian churches will not
    defend Israel’s right to exist. It forces people into the “fundamentalist”
    churches with their loud music and sometimes worldly agendas such
    as “prosperity” and “dominionism”. But there are a few good churches
    in every denomination. So don’t blacklist all Presbyterians.

  10. Josh says:

    the regathering seems to be a part of a relatively new theological system to interpret prophesy called dispensationalism (1800’s).
    I challenge you to study the traditional covenant theology most churches always taught. is a good source.
    Jewishness was never the point even in old testament times.

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