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June 7, 2005

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Carey condemns disinvestment plan

-07/06/05

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, has condemned plans by Anglican church leaders to disinvest from companies that do business in Israel reports the Times newspaper.

Lord Carey was speaking at the launch of an organisation to promote religion as an aid to tolerance and peace in Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq and Israel.

The proposals come from theAnglican Consultative Council (ACC) is one of the four Instruments of Unity that serve the world wide family of Anglican/Episcopal churches.

The role of the Council is to facilitate the co-operative work of the churches of the Anglican Communion, exchange information between the Provinces and churches, and help to co-ordinate common action.

But Lord Carey said that the Anglican Consultative Council would be making a grave mistake if it approved an Israel divestment proposal at its meeting in Nottingham later this month.

He said that such a step would seriously harm the peace-building work of organisations such as the Foundation for Reconciliation in the Middle East, which was launched this week at the House of Lords.

Lord Carey said: ìIsraelis are already traumatised and feel that the world is against them. This proposal, if it is agreed, would be another knife in the back. Christians who owe so much to the Hebrew Scriptures and to Israel itself should not be among those who attack Israel in such a way.î

The Anglican council, the executive body for the 38 provinces worldwide, will debate whether to recommend a programme of disinvestment at its meeting on June 22.

The proposal is contained in a report by the Anglican Peace and Justice Network, some of whose members visited the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem last year.

In a statement after their visit they said that they had heard from Israeli Jewish voices, as well as from Palestinians, but were "exposed to the draconian conditions of the continuing Occupation under which so many Palestinians live."

They notes in particular the "continuing policies of illegal home demolitions, detentions, checkpoints, identity card systems and the presence of the Israeli military that make any kind of normal life impossible."

They concluded that there was "little will on behalf of the Israeli government to recognize the rights of the Palestinians to a sovereign state to be created in the West Bank."

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Carey condemns disinvestment plan

-07/06/05

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, has condemned plans by Anglican church leaders to disinvest from companies that do business in Israel reports the Times newspaper.

Lord Carey was speaking at the launch of an organisation to promote religion as an aid to tolerance and peace in Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq and Israel.

The proposals come from theAnglican Consultative Council (ACC) is one of the four Instruments of Unity that serve the world wide family of Anglican/Episcopal churches.

The role of the Council is to facilitate the co-operative work of the churches of the Anglican Communion, exchange information between the Provinces and churches, and help to co-ordinate common action.

But Lord Carey said that the Anglican Consultative Council would be making a grave mistake if it approved an Israel divestment proposal at its meeting in Nottingham later this month.

He said that such a step would seriously harm the peace-building work of organisations such as the Foundation for Reconciliation in the Middle East, which was launched this week at the House of Lords.

Lord Carey said: 'Israelis are already traumatised and feel that the world is against them. This proposal, if it is agreed, would be another knife in the back. Christians who owe so much to the Hebrew Scriptures and to Israel itself should not be among those who attack Israel in such a way.'

The Anglican council, the executive body for the 38 provinces worldwide, will debate whether to recommend a programme of disinvestment at its meeting on June 22.

The proposal is contained in a report by the Anglican Peace and Justice Network, some of whose members visited the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem last year.

In a statement after their visit they said that they had heard from Israeli Jewish voices, as well as from Palestinians, but were "exposed to the draconian conditions of the continuing Occupation under which so many Palestinians live."

They notes in particular the "continuing policies of illegal home demolitions, detentions, checkpoints, identity card systems and the presence of the Israeli military that make any kind of normal life impossible."

They concluded that there was "little will on behalf of the Israeli government to recognize the rights of the Palestinians to a sovereign state to be created in the West Bank."

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