Freedom Rider posted this photo of Palestinians killed by Israelis, in part to point out that one of them is a very small child. A woman, maybe the child’s mother, is in the background, in agony.
In a related post which everyone should read, (then again, I think everybody should read Freedom Rider every single day), she writes:
Is the pro-Israel lobby powerful? Is the Pope Catholic? …
No, all neo-cons aren’t Jews, but they all believe that Israel should be the only military power in the Middle East. They all believe that Iranians should be killed to make sure that Israel remains the only nuclear kid on the block.
The Presbyterians wimped out by saying that relations with Jews were damaged. Well, if Jews insist on equating opposition to Israeli policy with anti-Semitism, then their feelings will always be hurt by those who refuse to toe the line. Too bad for them.
American Christians should not follow the Presbyterian example. We are not Cossacks or brown shirts and we shouldn’t be cowed because of unfair accusations of anti-Semitism. The Presbyterians have proved to be a great disappointment to the fight for human rights.
What will they say about the Israeli army using civilians as human shields? What will they say about bull dozed homes? Of course they will say nothing. The namby pamby statement to “invest only in peaceful pursuits” is a cop out. Israel’s abuse of human rights is not unique, but its role in American government and civic life is unique, and that makes it reasonable for the Presbyterian church or any other organization to single out its actions.