LTRP Note: While the following article by Menno-Lite is concerning Mennonites in particularly, Menno-Lite explains that this anti-Israel movement is happening with other Christian groups too. There are several parts to this series, which can be accessed from Menno-Lite’s website. This is a serious issue that believers in Christ need to understand. Menno-Lite has done an excellent job explaining it.
“The Anti-Israel Movement – Part 1 – What’s it all about?”
[T]he heart of this campaign is the elimination of Israel. . . . Even so, these anti-Israel campaigns have been coming to our cities and campuses. Only a brave minority dare to speak out publicly and make a difference.
The recent Mennonite involvement with anti-Israel movements has not gone unnoticed. Some of these include the BDS campaigns, the Israel Apartheid movement and Christ at the Checkpoint. The Mennonites are not the only Christians to come along side the various anti-Israel events and organizations. For those who don’t know what this is all about, here is a bit of background information. Before explaining the Mennonite ties to this movement, it is essential to examine the following questions:
What does BDS mean?
* BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) have been used to target Israel for decades by pro-Palestinian groups.
Boycotts of products, culture, and academics – BDS activists lobby stores not to carry Israeli products and encourage others not to purchase them. They send letters to artists, musicians, authors, and academics, imploring them not to perform and appear in Israel or cooperate with Israeli institutions. Boycotts undermine liberal values, such as academic freedom and freedom of expression, by restricting openness and tolerance. They represent the immoral collective punishment of Israelis and those who associate with them.
Divestment from companies that do business with Israel – Distorting the concept of ethical investing, NGOs accuse companies that conduct business in Israel of involvement in war crimes and violations of international law. The NGOs approach investors, primarily large banks and pension funds, and push for the exclusion of these companies. When Israeli corporations were removed from funds devoted to developing countries, due to Israel’s stable and advanced economy, divestment proponents falsely proclaimed victory. Click here to continue reading.
Below is the trailer for the new documentary DVD Exposing Christian Palestinianism: