Anglican Samizdat

June 30, 2009

Selective clerical compassion

Filed under: Anglican,Politics — David Jenkins @ 11:52 am

The World Council of Churches is worried about Gaza:

A directors’ delegation from APRODEV – the Association of World Council of Churches (WCC) related Development Organizations in Europe – who visited Gaza during the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, have urged Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the European Union (EU) to also go there and “witness for themselves the denigrating circumstances in which the people of Gaza live.”

The World Week for Peace in Palestine intones:

The week calls participants to seek justice for Palestinians so that both Israelis and Palestinians can finally live in peace. It is now more than 60 years since the partition of Palestine hardened into a permanent nightmare for Palestinians. It’s more than 40 years since the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza overwhelmed the peaceful vision of one land, two peoples.

So, as usual, the mantra is that Israel has created a nightmare for Palestinians.

The Canadian paradigm of left-wing Anglican political agitprop, Fred Hiltz oozes with compassion here:

We were deeply distressed to learn from the Near East Council of Churches in Gaza, that this church-run healthcare centre, which served approximately 10,000 families and has been co-funded by Canadians and the Canadian International Development Agency, was destroyed on January 10th by missiles fired from the Israeli Defence Force.

So, of course, we expect the WCC, Fred Hiltz and other Anglican apparatchiks to be equally voluble in their support for the Iranian people, who are being killed, tortured and imprisoned by their government.

Anyone hear anything anywhere?



  1. No – but that doesn’t mean that the Palestinians aren’t living in deplorable conditions. I know a priest who had a parish in Gaza for a few years. Life is very difficult there.

    Comment by Kate — June 30, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

  2. I agree that the lot of Palestinians is wretched; unfortunately, the perspective of Western mainline churches on the cause tends to be one-sided.

    In this kind of conflict, neither side is going to be blameless, but Israel always bears the brunt of criticism from Western churches – why no comments about Hamas atrocities directed against Palestinians? Why nothing on suicide bombings in Israel or rocket attacks?

    Comment by David — June 30, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

  3. The WCC… wasn’t this the bunch that acted as front-men for the Soviet tyranny, and greeted KGB men in mitres as brothers while refusing to condemn the persecution of Christians?

    I didn’t know this evil organisation was still in business. What a pity that honest people can’t confront these scoundrels.

    Comment by rpearse — July 3, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

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