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 4 October 2017

Israel-Bashing English ChristiansTwinkling Among Tinkling Teacups

2 November 2017.  Tick tock. Tick tock.

In the countdown to the centenary of the Balfour Declaration anti-Israel initiatives in the UK are coming thick and fast, and Christian Israel-bashers are joining in with gusto.

Our old friend Stephen Sizer, the ex-vicar of Virginia Water and now based in Southampton as CEO of the so-called Peacemaker Mediators organisation, has been very active, with Peacemaker Mediators leaving little doubt that it has Israel and Israel's supporters centrally in its sights.

Sizer has recently been to Amersfoort in the Netherlands for the Kairos/Sabeel Conference.

It was there that he presented his analysis of Walter Bruggemann's Chosen? that he'd begun in note form while in Kigali awaiting a delayed flight to Doha, sustained by cups of refreshing African tea. (Photo above)

Should you be so inclined, you can view the analysis here

One of his allies, Robert Cohen, who's married to an Anglican vicar (of the double X chromosome variety) and blogs against Israel at Micah's Paradigm Shift and Pantheos, was recently in posh Cheltenham for a churchy Israel-bashing shmooze which apparently had the local Conservative MP purring:

Funny of Cohen to term organiser Symon"brave"; I'm sure there were no Israeli suicide bombers on hand to vent disapproval).

From here:

Reverting to our old friend, in whose name the Balfour Project website was (and perhps still is) rumoured to be registered, he's been full of excitement over this.  And so, evidently, has antisemite and  9/11 troofer Tony Gratrex, long associated with the Reading Palestine Solidarity Campaign:

(See more on that event, due to take place on 31 October, here)

Sizer gloats on the Peacemaker Mediators' website:


  1. My personal message to Israel-Bashing English Christians:
    Classic pro-Israel short article by non-Jewish philosopher:
    Non-Jewish writer praises Jews
    and criticizes Muslims:

    All European Life Died In Auschwitz
    by Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez
    Dishonest Reporting: Media Bias against Israel
    Ancient Roman historians connected Jews with the Land of Israel:

    Why Muslims Hate Jews:

    Why Israel’s 1967 Borders are Undefendable:

    1. My personal message to Israel-bashing English Christians of the ordained variety:
      If it hadn't been for a Jew from Judea you wouldn't have a job.

  2. Let's hope legends Collier and Hoffman keep 0ct 31 free.

  3. I must admit that I gave up following the hate ridden structures of the Protestant Churches of the UK many years ago....i.e. Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists etc., that I have a greater long term dislike for them than could be outlined herein...aside from the fact of knowing that they are all toxically anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and a level I doubt even the Waffen SS could have exceeded.

    To this end, I often wonder how they can stroll in and out of Israel...fairly well unfettered...knowing the entry hassles I have(understandably)experienced at Ben Gurion a cohort identity within themselves, or through one of the many socialist/communist NGO's they guide, and drive.

    Personally, I believe Israel's powers that be should turn them upside down, and then direct them to an immediate return flight to good old Limey land as fast as their feet will carry them.

    As their titular head, good old Queen Lilabet herself has never bothered visiting the Holy Land...they should take a leaf out of her book...and stay out of Israel, and its' every possible sense. Just saying!

    1. The nonconformist churches in particular are a problem of course, Graham. They have been infested, and infected, by left-wingers for several decades now (I vividly recall the Uniting Church's support for WCC anti-Israel resolutions from the 1980s), and it is sad and concerning to see the anti-Israel virus has spread to the Anglicans (Australia's Bishop Browning, Wales's Bishop Morgan, etc), though to be fair the UK has a strong component of pro-Israel Anglicans.
      Owing to the ancient "Christ-killer" canard, many Jews would write off all Christians as basically antisemitic, I think, so they are not surprised by the hostility of the Sizers of this world. But there has been another side to the coin. They fail to realise that following its wide availability in English from Tudor times onward as a result of Henry VIII's insistence on a copy of it being placed in all parish churches, the Bible kindled philosemitism in many readers, especially Puritan readers and their descendants. Jews were respected, even revered, as the descendants of the Hebrew prophets and of the Israelites who withstood Pharoah. In my view, the fact that church-going and belief in God has fallen considerably and that few people read the Bible anymore, has had a deleterious effect on public attitudes towards Jews, and to Israel as the Promised Land of the Jews.


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