An open letter to the Methodist Church on their decision to Endorse BDS by Felicity Arbuthnot + Israel and Economic “Warfare”

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
22 July, 2010

Dear Sir or Madam,

The decision of the Methodist Church to endorse the BDS Campaign, has not alone been greeted with huge respect by those concerned with the near unique plight of Palestinians, attacked, evicted, walled in or excluded, land divested for sixty two years, but has also restored faith in what believers are : adherents to peaceful justice wherever the opposite is found.

In the light of the silence of the Archbishop of Canterbury on Palestine and Iraq since moving in to Lambeth Palace – added to his deafening muteness after the acts of kidnapping, murder, piracy, theft which befell the aid flotilla on 31st. May – your stance is faith restoring, in both senses of the word, for those of all faiths and of none.

The UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child, lies in the dust of the Middle East, from Mesapotamia’s Ur, to Palestine’s “Little Town.” Surgeon David Halpin ( ) who, with others, also nearly lost his life, attacked in international waters, when sailing to deliver donated aid, says of these disasters: “Those children are my children.” Indeed. From denial of the basics to sustain life, to Operation Cast Lead, this is genocidal in the legal definition. If governments stand silent, “we the people”, must collectively say: “Not in our name …”, until they listen.

What society can stand by as oxygen for the sick, gasping for breath, is denied, electricity to keep incubators going – or batteries for the hearing aids of children in a school for the deaf? The list is near endless.

Should there be any soul searching within your congregation regarding this decision, the latest document from Defence for Children International, provides more woeful evidence as to further lack of adherence childrens’ rights, alone : The EU is Israel’s largest trading party. If they collectively had as much moral conscience as has been shown by the Methodist Church, the siege, the wall, the land/homes appropriations, destruction of the history of the Holy Land itself, the deaths, the heartbreak, would arguably be halted.

Thank you for your decision, your conscience and your humanity.

Felicity Arbuthnot (Dr. Hon. Phil.)

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