Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Hail Carey

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Dr. George Carey, previous Archbishop of Canterbury

Thank you, Lord Carey for telling it like it is. Here is the story from
the Jerusalem Post:

The former archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday he was "ashamed to be an Anglican" following Monday's vote by the Church of England to disinvest from companies whose products are used by the Israeli government in the territories. The February 6 divestment vote, which was backed by current Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, was "a most regrettable and one-sided statement," Lord Carey said, and one that "ignores the trauma of ordinary Jewish people" in Israel subjected to terrorist attacks. Lord Carey joined Jewish leaders protesting the vote by the General Synod, the church's legislature, to adopt a "morally responsible investment in the Palestinian occupied territories and, in particular, to disinvest from companies profiting from the illegal occupation, such as Caterpillar Inc., until they change their policies."

Please read the whole story here.

"For thus said the LORD of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you [i.e., Israel], for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye: 'Behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they shall become plunder for those who served them. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me.'" Zechariah 2:8-9

1 comment:

Fr Timothy Matkin said...

Here is an update from the Jerusalem Post:

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has written to British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks to apologize for the Church of England’s vote last week to divest from companies whose products are used by the Israeli government in the territories. This despite the fact that Williams himself backed the anti-Israel vote.

The vote on Monday by the General Synod, the church’s parliament, to “disinvest from companies profiting from the illegal occupation,” prompted widespread opprobrium and severely tested Jewish-Christian relations in the UK.

Williams’ predecessor, Lord Carey, told The Jerusalem Post he was “ashamed to be an Anglican when I see this kind of thing,” while Britain’s Council of Christians and Jews said it was “wholly regrettable” and “will have little consequence for Israelis and Palestinians, and only further inflame the conflict at a very difficult time”.

Israeli Anglicans have distanced themselves from the vote, saying they were “in no way connected with the Church of England in sponsoring this initiative.” Rev. Murray Dixon of Christ Church in Jerusalem has stated the “continuing preoccupation with Israel” by the Church of England, to the exclusion of other international conflicts, “points to anti-Semitism.”