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Anti-Israel Church Groups Slam Scarlett and SodaStream

"When Zionists came to Palestine, Free Palestinians now" and other anti-Israel songs sung by anti-Israel church groups preparing more divestment measures.

Despite a big win, there are still groups supporting BDS

Despite a big win, there are still groups supporting BDS

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While most Israel supporters were celebrating the rebuff of Oxfam International and the rest of the anti-Israel crowd by movie actress Scarlett Johansson, several anti-Israel church groups had the opposite reaction.

When SodaStream, the company that produces a home-use product to make carbonated drinks, announced that Johansson was its new spokesperson a few weeks ago, members of the BDS movement – Boycott of, Divestment from and Sanctions against Israel – cried foul.  SodaStream has been a popular target of the BDS crowd both because it has a manufacturing plant in the disputed territories and because it is a highly visible product.

It doesn’t matter to the BDS crowd that, as Johansson pointed out, SodaStream employs large numbers of Palestinian Arabs who are paid the same salaries and receive the same benefits as do Israeli workers.  The BDS crowd would prefer those Arabs join the huge percentage of unemployed amongst their brethren.

The church groups involved in the BDS crowd include the Palestinian liberation theology group Sabeel, and several agencies and caucuses within the United Methodist Church, along with the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Church of Christ Palestine/Israel Network and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, all of which are members of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (USCEIO).

Anti-Israel church groups sought to pass a divestment resolution at the United Methodist General Conference and Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly in 2012.  The measure failed, but informed observers such as those at the Institute on Religion and Democracy anticipate another divestment measure will be introduced and voted on at this years General Assembly which will be held in Detroit, Michigan in June.

“It is revealing that Israel is the only country targeted for divestment,” IRD President Mark Tooley commented on anti-Israel activity by certain church groups.

“Why are these church activists typically silent on grievous violations in Syria, Egypt and bombings in Kenya and Nigeria? Is the focus here on human rights violations, or is it actually opposition to Israel?”

For those unfamiliar with some of those anti-Israel church groups, just consider what members of that anti-Israel church group Friends of Sabeel came up with to sing at a seminar held at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. in November, 2012, as reported at the IRD site:

“When Zionists Came to Palestine” (Tune: When Israel was in Egypt land)

When Zionists came to Palestine, Free Palestinians now. They said, “let all the land be mine,” Free Palestinians now. Tell all Israel, end the occupation now. Israel, Bibi, end the occupation now.

“Ode to Liberation” (Tune: Ode to Joy)

Israel, end your occupation,
There’s no peace on stolen land.
Well sing out for liberation,
‘till you hear and understand
Ethnic cleansing and apartheid
should belong to history.
Human rights cannot be silenced,
Palestine will soon be free.

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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50 Responses to “Anti-Israel Church Groups Slam Scarlett and SodaStream”

  1. Oh goodness no. Christians love us. LOL

  2. Butch Grogan says:

    True Christians do love Israel.

  3. Lani Lowell says:

    It is especially disgusting that churches such as the United Methodist Church, are boycotting Israel. Are they gonna pull out the Jews killed Jesus nonsense now? These people are living in the dark ages.

  4. how bout give them money to go to Israel…if u don’t like them

  5. That is exactly why I resigned from my local interfaith association. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosnberg

  6. Lina Deza says:

    I am very surprised that Methodist Church and Presbyterian are "anti-Israel"! Are you guys reading the bible?

  7. as you have done onto MY brothers it will be done to you. What don’t you get???

  8. I cannot believe these churches are boycotting Israel
    Do they think if Israel did not belong to the Jews they would be allowed to visit their holy sites

  9. Bill Scott says:

    It is awfully hard to walk when you shoot yourself in the foot. The Church is rooted in Israel. Salvation is from the Jews. We are grafted in to Israel. We are grafted in to the holy stump – Israel. The root supports the tree, not the other way around.

  10. …how can someone occupy his own land…

  11. …as a church they should know the bible especially the old testament
    where it is clearly written to whom the land belongs to
    and that the one who they believe in created that land
    is someone missing the point… <3

  12. Karen Bryant says:

    A Christian is a follower of Christ. As such they would never hate Israel or the Jews since he is a Jew . So those so called churches that are anti Israel are not true Christians by any sense of the word.

  13. Cody Flecker says:

    I have a simple solution. THe State of Israel should close down all of the churches that promote the BDS mantra, and do not allow any of its members the opportunity to visit Israel under any circumstances.

  14. Stanley Roth says:

    Ask them what was the first thing the Jordians did in 1948 when they captured the Old City of Jersalem was Turn the Jews out. The BDS make me sick

  15. By cursing Israel, these BDS churches are cursing themselves. THey will not survive.

  16. Not only did they expel 20,000 Jews, many of them whose ancestors had lived there uninterruptedly since before Christ, but within the first 48 hours they bulldozed the Jewish Quarter in an attempt to erase Jewish connection to the area, destroyed 59 synagogues and the Jordanian general boasted, and it is documented, that "we have ensured there will not be a Jewish presence in Jerusalem for the next 1,000 years. "

  17. Stanley Roth says:

    Adrienne Finberg Judes Thank you for making a better statement than me.

  18. Julia Bowman says:

    Not good to be on the wrong side of G-d! Israel and his chosen are the apple of his eye don’t ya know…Bad to learn this bit of truth the hard way! xo

  19. What church? Maybe a cult. The true Church is for Israel.

  20. These 'Church' groups are not of G-d. They follow the false doctrine of 'Replacement' theology. As such they will share in the plagues of Revelation chapter 18. What you see here is the digression of Christianity, a great falling away as ignorant Elders lead them into sin against God!

  21. Lee Friedman says:

    what an understatement to call them merely “Anti-Israel”!

  22. I don't believe there is any peace in occupied land either. As a Native American of Cherokee/Lakota Sioux parents, I'd like all those occupiers against Israel to get the heck off my ancestral land…. . before you go, knock down those offensive faces you erected on the sacred mountains of our Holy Land, the Black Hills of Dakota. (Those supporting Israel may stay a while longer…) Hypocrites.

  23. True Christians pray for Israel and support her.

  24. God's sovereign election of Israel is unconditional and unchangeable because it is rooted in His immutable nature and expressed in the unilateral eternal Abrahamic covenant .

  25. That's what happens to those who don't read the Holy scritures

  26. William D. Silverthorn says:

    The Methodist Church and Presbyterians are NOT 'anti-Israel', groups within those churches are. It's like a pro-choice group within the Catholic church does not make the church pro-choice.

  27. Kjeld Hesselmann says:

    Have the church-people all got it upside down? First of all: check the history around the former British Palestine, the UN declaration on dividing the land, the Arab refute, and the attack on embryonic Israel. The so-called West-bank is genuinely lost in a war imposed on Israel. Judea and Samaria shall explicitly be annexed by the Jewish State of Israel. It’s called One State Solution!

  28. Please, please don't lump all Christians with the above activities. It is extremely clear that the land belongs to Israel. I, as many thousands of fellow Christians, would uphold these beliefs entirely.

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