Friday, 19 October 2018

Christian-Jewish dialogue must be more than taking tea and talking antisemitism


Following the adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism by the Church of England, I offer some thoughts to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the British Chief Rabbi. It's a long post as there's lots to say. So pop the kettle on!

From the opening:
Dear Archbishop Justin and Chief Rabbi Mirvis
You sat down together in the rabbi’s home in north London just before the Jewish new year. You drank tea and you talked about antisemitism. A few days later, the Church of England’s Bishops’ Conference in Oxford adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism and the 11 illustrations attached to it.
Your meeting, and the actions that followed, told us much about the moral challenges facing interfaith dialogue between Jews and Christians when it comes to Israel/Palestine.
As a British Jew in solidarity with the Palestinian people and married to an Anglican priest, I have a particular interest in how the institutional conversation between Jews and Christians plays out. What strikes me is how limited that discussion looks to any observer familiar with the concerns of the Jewish community here and Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land.
 As matters currently stand, both of you give the appearance of being morally compromised. Watching and listening to you, it feels as if progress – institutionally and theologically on Israel/Palestine – is blocked.

Read the full post at Patheos