The letter was signed by leaders of such mainstream religious groups as the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, United Methodist Council of Bishops, National Council of Churches, American Friends Service Committee, Mennonite Central Committee U.S.A., Orthodox Peace Fellowship, American Baptist Churches and the United Church of Christ. Baltimore Jewish Times
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA - Christian Groups Urge US Congress to Review Military Aid to Israel
Israel lobby wants Congressional Investigation of Churches calling for restricting U.S. military aid = The American Muslim (TAM)Two major American Christian groups urged this week the United States Congress to review US military aid to Israel.The United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR) and the Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) called on Congress to listen to recent calls from Christian leaders in the United States for a review of US military aid to Israel.
On TAM, we reported on a letter by Christian Religious leaders asking Congress to condition Israel military aid on human rights compliance. The full text of the letter is in that article. It seemed like a very reasonable request. In fact, I would like to see a consistent policy that would be consistently applied to military aid to any country in the world.
However, this letter met with a strong response from some groups in the American Jewish community. Rachel Zoll of the S.F. Chronicle reported that US Jews cancel talks with Protestants over Israel “Major American Jewish organizations said Wednesday they have cancelled talks with liberal Protestant leaders after the churches sought an investigation of U.S. military aid to Israel. The American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and Conservative and Reform Jewish movements are among those withdrawing from the national Christian-Jewish Roundtable. The dialogue group was founded in 2004 to ease tensions over escalating church protests against Israeli policy in the Palestinian territories.”