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British Methodist pastor sues his church over anti-Israel bias

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British Methodist pastor sues his church over anti-Israel bias

A British Methodist pastor and former Labour party MEP, David Hallam, is preparing to sue his own church on the basis that it is misusing and wasting its funds to finance anti-Israeli campaigns. The Methodist church in the UK is currently supporting campaigns to boycott goods produced in the “illegal” Israeli settlements in the West Bank.  "What I object to is money which I am putting on the collection plate on a Sunday being used to fund a political campaign against the Jewish state. This is both discriminatory and a misuse of a charity's funds”, Mr Hallam told The [London] Daily Telegraph. "The Methodist Church seems to think it has a God-given right to tell Jews how to run their affairs. It is very disturbing we are getting involved in a territory where we don't have any members or churches." Paul Diamond, a barrister with expertise in human rights, will argue that a Methodist resolution passed in the summer which called for a boycott of some Israeli goods is in breach of European human rights law and an EU directive on racism. When adopting its boycott stand several weeks ago, the UK Methodist Church stated: "As Christians, we take from the parable of the Good Samaritan and the life of Jesus that we cannot turn our back on injustice just because it is not geographically near to us." This led the UK Board of Deputies, which represents the British Jewry, to break all contact with the leadership of the church.

 

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