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Launch of Kairos UK at Greenbelt Festival

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23 August 2013

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From Frances Waddams

Sir, - This week's Greenbelt Festival will see the launch of yet another organisation whose main aims include targeting Israel for criticism in the name of Palestinian rights and the Christian gospel.

Kairos UK is an offshoot of Kairos Palestine, an organisation that has drawn widespread criticism for what many see as misuse of the Jewish scriptures to castigate Israeli Jews, and its habit of blaming Israel alone for Palestinian suffering while ignoring corruption, persecution of Christians by other Palestinians, incitement, and terrorism - all of which contribute to hardship in the Terrritories.

The launch of Kairos UK is being promoted by Israel's Christian critics, some of whom seem to have moved beyond criticism of Israel's actions and policies to speculation over whether Israel's very existence as the Jewish national home is legitimate.

If we can learn anything from the Arab Spring, it is that minorities in the Middle East, whether Christian, Jewish, or Muslim, are vulnerable. Israel is the one country in the region where Jewish, Arab, and Druze citizens live alongside each other in relative peace and safety, despite constant rejection and hostility from aggressive neighbours.

Any initiative, Christian or otherwise, that seeks to undermine the legitimacy of Israel, the one stable country in the Middle East, does the Middle East and the gospel no service.

FRANCES WADDAMS
Anglican Friends of Israel
27 Old Gloucester Street
London WC1N 3XX

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