Sunday, February 3, 2008

United Methodist Church Continues Double Standard

The United Methodist Church endorsed a letter urging Israel to end the non-existent "siege" of the Gaza Strip.

The letter paid lip service to the enormous barrage of Kassams launched from Gaza at Israeli civilians, but like all criticisms of Israel gave no alternate suggestions of ways for Israel to prevent the constant attempts by Arab terrorists to deprive Jews of their most basic human right, the right to live.

The Methodists failed to praise Israel for continuing to supply food, fuel and medicines to the very people who are attacking not only Israelis, but the very transfer stations through which those goods pass.

The Methodists failed to acknowledge that, if there was a siege, it could not possibly be imposed alone by Israel, since Gaza also borders on Egypt. Since Hamastan is not at war with Egypt, the latter is the obvious country through which any assistance should pass.

The Methodists also failed to condemn the party which deliberately plunged many Gazans into darkness — Hamas — even though it had sufficient fuel to keep its generators running and supplement the electricity still being supplied by Israel.

The summary below is from JTA.

Methodists back call for ending 'siege'

Published: 01/29/2008

The leader of U.S. Methodists endorsed a letter urging Israel to end the "siege" of the Gaza Strip.

In his endorsement of the statement by Holy Land clerics, Bishop Felton May of the United Methodist Church also recognized Israeli security needs.

"The issues are complex, involving control of borders, the movement of food and fuel into Gaza, the continuing launch of rockets into Israel from the militant Hamas faction in Gaza and retaliatory actions by Israel," said a Jan. 25 statement issued by May. "Israeli policy inflexibility is intensified by the actions of Hamas and its rockets."

Israel has sealed Gaza in a bid to end intensified rocket attacks on civilians in Israel's south.

"One and a half million people imprisoned and without proper food or medicine, 800,000 without electricity supply; this is illegal collective punishment, an immoral act in violation of the basic human and natural laws as well as International Law," said the Jan. 22 statement signed by Christian leaders in Israel and Palestinian areas. "It cannot be tolerated anymore. The siege over Gaza should end now."

May added: "I share the astonishment of Christian leaders in Israel-Palestine that the Israeli government would even temporarily block the movement of food and fuel into Gaza. Political expediency cannot be used to starve -- or threaten to starve -- people or to demean the humanity of any people."

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