Jerusalem Report

The Presbyterian assault on Israel

The overtures targeting the Jewish state are only the symptom of a cancer metastasizing inside the church.

The Israel Palestine Mission Network’s ‘Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide’
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THE ASSAULT on Israel’s legitimacy comes from many directions and on a variety of fronts, especially in the form of economic and academic boycotts. The latest attack, on the theological front, is perhaps the most insidious demonization campaign the pro-Israel community in the US has ever faced.

In January, the Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN), an advisory group to the 1.9 million-member US Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), released “Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide,” a 74-page booklet that the mainline Protestant denomination describes as “an ideal resource” for clergy and laity interested in the Israeli-Palestinian issue. In fact, the study guide, which appeared in advance of the PCUSA’s biennial General Assembly this June in Detroit, is ideal for those seeking to delegitimize Israel.

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