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Jewish-Christian Relations Are Suffering

Privileging allyship over understanding injects an unhealthy amount of partisan political strategy into interfaith encounters.
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Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is president of the Shalom Hartman Institute. Yehuda is a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, on Jewish history and Jewish memory, and on questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life. Yehuda led the creation of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America in 2010 as a pioneering research and educational center for the leadership of the North American Jewish community, and teaches in

“This past week the legislative committee of the Episcopal Church met via Zoom as part of their 80th General Convention. There were 196 resolutions in total; eight were oriented, in one way or another, toward criticism of Israeli policy with regard to the Palestinians. Three were about “apartheid,” variously titled “confronting apartheid,” “recognizing apartheid,” or “opposing apartheid.” A separate resolution was advanced to criticize Christian Zionism. There were more resolutions expressing concern that these forms of pro-Palestinian activism would be misinterpreted as antisemitism than there were actual resolutions dealing with antisemitism in the church.

At the request of a senior Episcopal colleague, I came as a guest to the conference to offer “testimony” to the committee against one of the apartheid resolutions.”

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