ADL Welcomes Presbyterian Church Call For Even-Handed Approach To Mideast Conflict
New York, NY, June 30, 2008 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed as a "constructive step" the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s adoption of a resolution calling for a more even-handed approach toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Delegates at the Church's biennial meeting in San Jose, California voted last week that the Presbyterian Church should not "over-identify with the realities of the Israelis or Palestinians" and called on members, congregations, committees and other entities "to become nonpartisan advocates for peace."
Several anti-Israel resolutions were defeated at the meeting, including one calling for the suspension of U.S. military aid to Israel.
"While we still remain troubled by some of the Presbyterian Church's positions and statements regarding Israel and Jews, its resolution for a more even-handed approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a constructive step that offers an opportunity to enhance our dialogue," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "We look forward to working with Presbyterian Church leaders and discussing the core issues facing the Jewish-Presbyterian relationship."
ADL expressed disappointment in several measures adopted by delegates, including one endorsing the "right of return" for Palestinian refugees, a policy that would undermine the viability of a sovereign Jewish state.
The League congratulated Gradye Parsons, the incoming Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Linda Valentine, the church's new executive director of the General Assembly Council, both of whom were elected during the Church's 218th General Assembly conference.
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