From the Revd Ian Stubbs
Sir, — I was sorry to read the biased report (New, 9 July) on the Methodist Conference document Justice for Palestine and Israel. There are many Palestinians and many supporters of a free Palestine who are in favour of a boycott on goods from illegal Israeli settlements, and yet you chose to quote only from pro-Zionist commentators.
I am not surprised that the Chief Rabbi rubbished the report. I think he is well aware of, and no doubt concerned about, the growing tide of public opinion in sympathy with Palestinians and their struggle for justice. For once, the powerful pro-Israel lobby does not have the upper hand.
Israel’s vicious attack on the Mavi Marmara and the rest of the flotilla bringing aid to Gaza has done more than any church report could to bring the plight of Palestinians into our living rooms. I hope that Christians and churches will join this movement and respond to the call of the World Council of Churches to work together with other groups to end the occupation of Palestinian territories in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions, and demonstrate their commitment to interreligious action for peace, and to justice that serves all peoples of the region.
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