The thrust of these proposals signify an ominous and discouraging rise of traditional Christian anti-Semitic prejudices. Over recent decades, liberal Protestant churches have recognized and acknowledged that anti-Semitism is a foundational paradigm that has afflicted Christianity for centuries. Yet, the rise of church support for BDS against Israel shows how traditional racist attitudes have morphed into a new form underpinned with old prejudices.
Human rights leaders including Irwin Cotler (MP- Mount Royal), Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Bernard Lewis and Natan Sharansky point out that new anti-Semitism is evident in the disproportionate and obsessive criticism; whereby, traditional prejudice against Jews is directed at the State of Israel. In this manner, Israel is viewed as an oppressive criminal political entity that conspires to create conflict, steal land from the Palestinians and wage genocidal wars. The State of Israel is now being targeted as the “collective Jew among the nations”.[i]
While it is legitimate to criticize Israel for its actions, it becomes discriminatory when a double-standard is applied and the very existence of the nation is undermined. (August 2015) More.
Reality check: The disappearance of Israel would actually be convenient to United Church progressives, and progressives generally. Terror and oppression could then be marketed as somehow part of “middle East culture,” to be understood as a form of cultural diversity, mainly caused by those who oppose it. “Je suis Charlie,” and then back to the “blessed be’s” and the bong pipes.
People would soon forget that there ever was a functioning democracy in that region (if they even knew).
See also: Some thoughts on the extinction of the Anglican Church