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  • Presbyterians delete sale of anti-Zionist tract from website

    3 weeks ago

    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) removed the sale of an anti-Zionist tract from its website.

    The move comes a week after the church voted to divest from three companies that do business with Israel’s security sector in the West Bank.

    “Effective immediately, the publication...

  • An unsettling Presbyterian ‘study guide’

    March 19, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    The recent release of “Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide” by the Israel-Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church [PC(USA)] threatens irreparable damage to Jewish-Presbyterian relations. The document takes aim at the ideological, moral and historical...

  • A call from the shelter, and other stories

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 18, 2012 | 10:52 am

    A. Worried father in Santa Monica

    Here’s a link to my IHT-NYT article from Friday:

    My five-year-old daughter Yael just called from Tel Aviv to say that she’s doing fine. She’s a bit scared, but that’s only because I’m not there to watch her — if I were home, she would not be...

  • October 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 19, 2012 | 2:34 am

    In-depth

    Presbyterian Anti-Israel Crusade: Is That All You Can Say, Gradye?

    Dexter Van Zile of Algemeiner takes Gradye Parsons of the American Presbyterian Church to task over his one-sided approach to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. 

    Parsons’ letter is emblematic of the...

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  • Protestant churches’ letter on Israel straining ties with Jews

    October 16, 2012 | 11:19 am

    When 15 prominent American Protestant leaders sent a letter to Congress last week calling for an investigation and possible suspension of U.S. aid to Israel, at least one outcome was certain: The Jews wouldn’t like it.

    Already, one major American Jewish group has canceled its...

  • L.A. camp gets unwanted attention in wake of Colorado shooting

    By Ryan Torok

    July 24, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes’ reported ties to Camp Max Straus have led to unwanted attention for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles and its camp, its director said.

    “I think the attention is unfortunate,” Randy Schwab, CEO of Jewish Big Brothers Big...

  • Presbyterian Church’s narrow rejection of divestment unlikely to slow anti-Israel push

    July 6, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    Proponents of using economic pressure to force Israel out of the West Bank may have lost a key battle this week – by a hair’s breadth – but they have no intention of giving up.

    That’s the message from backers of a divestment motion at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian...

  • Presbyterians narrowly reject divestment

    July 6, 2012 | 9:00 am

    In a narrow vote, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) rejected divestment from companies doing business with Israeli security forces in the West Bank.

    The 333-331 vote, with two abstentions, in Pittsburgh late Thursday was the closest that the boycott, divestment...

  • July 4, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 4, 2012 | 3:06 am

    In-depth

    Religiously Targeting Israel

    Mark Tooley of the Weekly Standard looks at the new efforts to enlist evangelicals and other religious Christians in the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.

    Increasingly, anti-Israel activists are targeting...

  • Boycott, divestment and sanctions put allies at odds

    July 3, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    As a long-time advocate for peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I am pained that frustration over failure to achieve a just and lasting peace has led allies in the struggle to end up at odds over tactics like boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

    Two years...

  • Israel cited in Caterpillar’s delisting from influential investment index

    June 22, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    The sale of Caterpillar tractors to Israel was a factor, but not the determining one, in the delisting of the company from an influential index that prioritizes good governance and human rights.The move, however, is poised to further complicate the difficult ongoing conversation...

  • New Presbyterian denomination launches in response to PCUSA dropping gay clergy ban

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 21, 2012 | 11:41 pm

    There has long been a divide within the Presbyterian Church USA regarding attitudes toward homosexuality, a divide that widened last summer after the PCUSA ended its ban on ordaining gay ministers.

    This week, Presbyterians opposed to gay ordination launched a new denomination called...

  • Presbyterian Church again talking divestment

    September 14, 2011 | 11:40 am

    A committee within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has reopened controversy by recommending that the church divest from three companies doing business with Israel.

    The church’s Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment released a report Sept. 9 arguing that the General...

  • Names to Watch on Way Up, Down in ‘06

    By James D. Besser

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Here are a handful of people to watch in the coming 12 months -- some on the way up; some on the way down.

    Jack Abramoff: The once-high-flying Republican lobbyist, Jewish benefactor and GOP best buddy has become the most radioactive man in Washington, thanks to controversial deals...