The Bnei Brit organization along with The Ecumenical Theological Research
Fraternity in Israel kicked off a joint conference on Monday night focused on
countering anti-Israel sentiment within the large Protestant churches around the
world. According to Alan Schneider, director of the Bnai Brith World Center in
Jerusalem, protestant churches have over the past two decades become
increasingly aligned against Israel.
This trend was forcefully underlined
in October when 15 senior leaders of mainline Protestant churches in America
sent a letter to Congress last month calling for an investigation and possible
suspension of US military aid to Israel.
The letter led several Jewish
organizations to pull out of an annual Christian-Jewish dialogue conference.
“This letter broke the trust of Jewish organizations involved in interfaith
dialogue,” Schneider said. “The purpose of this current consultation is to
provide the opportunity for representatives of protestant churches who are
supportive of Israel to meet similar people from other countries and
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