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The Sabeel pack snarls, barks, threatens to bite Church of England
Just when certain anti-Semites thought they were driving the Church of England, like some enormous Caterpillar bulldozer, towards Israel, in the hope of demolishing it, the Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) has put the brakes on and stopped the mighty machine.
This has caused enraged growling and barking from Sabeel, War on Want and the Amos Trust They are not going to give up their divestment project without a fight, however, and are now threatening to release a pack of parishes on the Anglican Church, who will maul it financially by withdrawing their money.
Garth Hewitt from the Amos Trust told Ekklesia; "I am frankly puzzled by EAIG's attitude. If they are saying we can ignore the position of the Synod then who runs the church? The only option is for people to withdraw their money to another body that is ethically acceptable."
Oh, how disappointing Garth – just when you imagined that the Sabeel Pack as good as runs the Church, or at least can successfully manipulate the unacknowledged prejudices of Synod members.
Rev Stephen Sizer, Vice Chair of Friends of Sabeel UK, criticised the group for making the decision before visiting Palestinian Christians, as Synod had requested, and seeing the destruction caused by the Caterpillar machines. He told Ekklesia: “This is a precipitous and premature decision, which fails to heed the call from Synod.”
"They have dug themselves into a hole" Sizer continued, "and it appears that they are only partly controlled by the Church of England. They appear to be trying to distance themselves from the Synod's decision and viewpoint. There appear to be other interests at work here, besides those of the Church."
Oh the frustration, Stephen! After the anti-Israel campaigners hi-jacked the Synod meeting, presenting the letter by Bishop “Being Jewish and being democratic is not possible.” Riah and suppressing the Israeli side of the story, so that nobody heard it.
“There appear to be other interests at work here, besides those of the Church."? You mean the Elders of Zion, perhaps? You know, the ones you believe control the world, the banks, the media, and perhaps even the Church of England?