Monday, 25 July 2011

Peace without Justice? A discussion on Israel/Palestine

Sunday 24th July Molesey Methodist Church

Talks were given by

Rabbi Danny Rich (Chief Executive Liberal Judaism)


Jo Goggin (Ecumenical Accompanier)

Danny is firm believer in the 'Two State Solution'and advocates Israel's withdrawal from the West Bank. He talked of '10 Principles' for justice and progress which he had presented at a previous Methodist Conference.
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Danny is optimistic that the moderates from both sides will prevail leading to peace via recognition of relative perspectives and narratives.

Jo spoke of her experiences with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in 2009.
Her views of the possibility of conciliation were less optimistic than Danny's.

A spirited discussion ensued on whether Israel's policies toward the Palestinians can be accurately compared with those which operating under the apartheid system in South Africa.

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