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World Council of Churches 'Needs A Reality Check' After Issuing Shocking Anti-Israel Statement

New York, NY, May 23, 2006 The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said the World Council of Churches "needs a reality check" after issuing a statement blaming Israel alone for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, while ignoring the grave new threat to the Jewish state posed by the terrorist Hamas-led Palestinian government and Iran, and steps Israel has taken to make peace.

"The World Council of Churches has issued a shocking, one-sided condemnation of Israel while ignoring the long record of Palestinian terrorism and rejectionism," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  "Instead of seeing the full picture, the Church leaders have found it more expedient to see the situation through a Palestinian prism, and to simply say, 'It's Israel's fault.'

 "The World Council of Churches leadership needs a reality check. Their statement outrageously and unfairly lambastes Israel without any recognition of the painful compromises that it has made with the disengagement from Gaza, in the face of the campaign of suicide attacks against innocent civilians, and the election of a group that has at the core of its mission the destruction of the Jewish state and people," added Mr. Foxman.

The WCC's May 19 statement urged the international community to deal directly with the terrorist Hamas-led Palestinian government, despite its refusal to recognize Israel, abide by existing agreements and renounce terrorism.


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