It’s interesting to see Christian leaders reminding Muslims and other Americans about what’s really going on in the Middle East today, contrary to the neverending stream of sensationalistic headlines blaming the world’s problems on Islam and Muslims. These leaders understand that Israel continues to wage its undeclared war against the rights, security and legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people and that this fact is at the heart of some of the terrorism problems that the world faces.
The Presbyterian Church of America is leading the way by divesting itself from companies that support Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land. Divestment is a powerful economic and political tool that was used to devasting effect against Apartheid South Africa during the 1980s.
I can’t help but note the irony of non-Muslim leaders in America standing up for justice and common sense in Palestine at the same time that so many Muslims are busy inventing new ways to distance themselves from the the Palestinian cause. Luckily for the Palestinians (and for Israel, which doesn’t ulitimately benefit from this dangerous situation), the Presbyterian Church doesn’t need to prove its "moderate" credentials by pandering to pro-Israeli hardliners.