Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Stephen Sizer Placates The Board of Deputies

Sizer to his Facebook followers today

Reports the Jewish Chronicle's Marcus Dysch:
'[Reverend Stephen Sizer] has said he regrets posting website links which promoted Holocaust denial and Zionist conspiracy theories.
 Reverend Stephen Sizer said he accepted that his actions had offended the Jewish community and acknowledged he should have "taken more care" and "reflected on the choice of words more carefully".
 Rev Sizer was the subject of an unprecedented complaint made by the Board of Deputies to the Church of England last year.  Following mediation sessions with the Board, he said on Wednesday that while he did not accept claims that he had made antisemitic statements, he now realised the importance of monitoring online posts and avoiding "inflammatory" language.  He was twice forced to alter his website last year and was briefly investigated by police.

One link had directed readers to a website featuring Holocaust revisionism and adverts for the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Another had claimed that countries including Britain and Israel had "special forces operating in Syria… backed up by the CIA and Mossad".
The mediation sessions, held earlier this year, were led by Christian and Jewish conciliators – the Very Rev Christopher Lewis, Dean of Christ Church Oxford, and retired High Court judge Sir Gavin Lightman.

During the meetings Rev Sizer discussed the offensive links with Board vice-president Jonathan Arkush. He agreed to have three people check his blog posts and links he posts to other websites, and said he would respond "promptly" to future critics.

After both parties signed the conciliation agreement, Mr Arkush said:
 "The outcome has demonstrated that the Board of Deputies, the community and very many Christians were right to feel very deep concern about Rev Sizer.

The Board welcomes Rev Sizer’s acknowledgments and undertakings, which clearly demonstrate that conduct on his part which led to the complaint was unbecoming or inappropriate to a minister of the Church of England."
Mr Arkush said the Board was committed to ensuring strong Christian-Jewish relations in Britain, and that Rev Sizer’s actions had been "the exception, not the rule".
The Board has agreed to treat the result of the mediation as the resolution of its initial complaint....'
 More here

Sizer's reaction to the outcome was contained in a long press release that he issued today, which forms the substance of this blogpost of his; it will be seen that he avows "the right of Israel to exist within internationally agreed borders," a stance that has not always been apparent in his numerous written and uttered indictments of Israel -


- and might prompt the cynical to say: "Will the real Stephen Sizer please stand up?"


Re the verdict:


Later on:

More re the verdict:


And from another old mate of ours:



(The latter in response to Sizer drawing attention to the now disputed report that at her concert in Tel Aviv Rihanna changed the words of a song from "All I see is dollar signs" to "All I see is Palestine")

See also my next post!

14 comments:

  1. There's something creepy about the entire saga.

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    1. I agree!
      (btw, I'm honoured to have a comment from blogging royalty! xx)

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  2. A great pro-religion video
    Bronx Youth Poetry SLAM 2013, Ethan Metzger
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isLtc5lFgf8

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    1. It has gone viral, by the looks of things.

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  3. Although an Anglican, Stephen Sizer is an important source for God's People, published on the Methodist Church website. This document is important because the Methodists are considering a BDS resolution.

    http://5mfi.com/gods-people/

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  4. Isn't there some kind of 3 strikes rule for Nazis? I mean if you 'accidentally' deny the Holocaust 3x that's it, you're officially a Nazi. Those are rules. After all it's not OUR job to give them the benefit of the doubt that they do not have. They are certain in their beliefs. Well they tell us they are, at any rate. So fair enough. He owns hisblog urls like the words that come out of his mouth. Roma Locuta Causa Finita.

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    1. He's not a Nazi and he hasn't denied the Holocaust.
      It will be interesting to see whether he continues to appear on Press TV and at the London Al Quds rallies.

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    2. He is however an exceedingly unpleasant little piss ant of a man, yet dangerous because there are so many of them, and there can be no doubt that British Jewry have let him off light.

      Gutless. They should have torn him another one.

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  5. It's a semantic distinction. A liberal Jew hating fascist is too many words.

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  6. http://hurryupharry.org/2013/10/23/stephen-sizer-likes-deniers-comment-anti-semitism-was-result-of-justified-resentment-concerning-the-outrageous-antics-of-jewish-journalists/

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  7. STEPHEN SIZER IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE CHURCH AND ISRAEL

    http://standtoministry.com/2013/12/05/video-replacement-theology-dismantled/


    JAMES SUNDQUIST FINAL COMMENT:
    So which one is divisive, the one who divides up the land of Israel, or the one that warns this so-called brother of what is in store for these enemies of Christ and Israel that divide up the Promised Land? The one who calls those who support Israel's right to the land, enemies, or the ones who fear the Lord and warn the world and the church what is in store for those who do? The one who forms unholy alliances with Rick Warren who makes a false claim that his book is the best selling book in history, or the one who warns everyone of this fraud and comes to the defense of the victims?

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