USA - Mennonite’s Resolution Anti-Semitic

Arno Froese

The Mennonite Church USA’s decision to divest its holdings in companies profiting from Israel’s presence in the West Bank is antisemitic at its core, an evangelical litigation expert said.

“The resolution of the Mennonite Church USA is confusing and contradictory,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel and president of Christians in Defense of Israel.

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom.

Liberty Counsel’s Staver said that the Mennonite Church missed the mark.

“On the one hand, it purports to oppose antisemitism,” he said. “But on the other hand, it supports antisemitic divestment in what it erroneously calls ‘occupied territories.’ Israel is the only free and democratic country in the Middle East. Israel has more legitimate and historical right to its land than any country in the world. Israel is thousands of years old. Jews have lived in the land for millennia.”

“The divestment resolution is both antisemitic and unwise. Israel is a leader in economy and a world leader in technology, business, agriculture and more,” he said. “Divesting in Israel will only harm those who divest.”

Mennonite Church USA, which has 75,000 members, has now joined the ranks of other churches who have passed resolutions to divest economically from Israel in what they call their quest to bring justice to the Palestinians. These groups include the Presbyterian Church (USA), United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ, Quakers, Unitarian Universalists, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and others., 9 July 2017

Arno's commentary

One may have a difference of opinion regarding Israel’s political agenda, but as Christians, we wholeheartedly stand behind Israel, because we are what we are by grace through Israel. The Bible, our only authority, is a Jewish product from Genesis to Revelation. Here is what we read in Deuteronomy 10:14-15: “Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. Only the Lord had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.” Christian cannot but choose to stay on God’s side.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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