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1 SanFranciscoZionist  May 3, 2012 1:38:10pm

The Methodists voted against BDS.

Lemme repeat that: the Methodist voted against BDS.

This is a win for Israel, and a big, humiliating loss for the BDS crew. Please do not try to spin it otherwise for whatever reason.

2 What, me worry?  May 3, 2012 1:44:33pm

It’s not a win for Israel, actually. It’s a mixed bag. The Evangelists are the only ones who are tried and true, however, they have ulterior religious motives, so as a Jew, it’s hard to be happy.

nytimes.com

After an afternoon of impassioned debate and several votes, the delegates overwhelmingly passed a more neutral resolution calling for “positive” investment to encourage economic development “in Palestine.”

However, the Methodists also passed a strongly worded resolution denouncing the Israeli occupation and the settlements, and calling for “all nations to prohibit the import of products made by companies in Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.”

3 What, me worry?  May 3, 2012 1:51:17pm

Sorry, and then there’s this bit at the end:

In two separate votes, divestment was defeated by a 2-to-1 ratio. Susanne Hoder, a Methodist from Rhode Island and a spokeswoman for a group for divestment, the United Methodist Kairos Response, said: “Though we did not get the decision we hoped for, we have succeeded in raising awareness about the persecution of Palestinian Christians and Muslims. We have awakened the conscience of the churches and pointed out the inconsistency between our words and our actions.”

Ms. Hoder said that four geographic regions, or “annual conferences,” of the Methodist Church — Northern Illinois, California Pacific, New York and West Ohio — had already voted to pull out their own investments. “We expect that more United Methodist conferences will do this,” she said.

*eyeroll* *sigh*

4 SanFranciscoZionist  May 3, 2012 6:14:18pm

OK, I can go with mixed bag. However, the BDS organizations really wanted a win on this one, and didn’t get it. So, a defeat for them, no matter how optimistic they want to sound.

5 Flavia  May 3, 2012 9:58:40pm

re: #3 What, me worry?

Sorry, and then there’s this bit at the end:

“…spokeswoman for a group for divestment, the United Methodist Kairos Response, said: “Though we did not get the decision we hoped for, we have succeeded in raising awareness about the persecution of Palestinian Christians and Muslims. We have awakened the conscience of the churches and pointed out the inconsistency between our words and our actions.”

*eyeroll* *sigh*

Uh, yeah, I’ll say “eyeroll”, too, since it’s NOT ISRAEL who is oppressing them!! Oh, what’s the use!?!?

6 Bob Levin  May 3, 2012 10:07:59pm

re: #2 What, me worry?

so as a Jew, it’s hard to be happy.

Nu?

7 Bob Levin  May 3, 2012 10:12:27pm
the delegates overwhelmingly passed a more neutral resolution calling for “positive” investment to encourage economic development “in Palestine.”

By all means, do that. Invest everything you have. Be consistent in words and deeds.


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