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September 12, 2008

MCC and WCC to Break Bread With Holocaust Denier

The Mennonite Central Committee, a relief, development and peace agency for adherents of the Anabaptist tradition in the United States and Canada is having dinner with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Holocaust-denying President of Iran. According to the Jerusalem Post, the dinner, which will be attended by representatives from the World Council of Churches, the American Friends Service Committee and Religions for Peace, is scheduled to take place on September 25, 2008.

Maureen Shea, director of the Episcopal Church's Office of Governmental Relations in Washington, D.C. (and chair of Churches for Middle East Peace) told the Jerusalem Post that "Meeting with people does not mean you agree with them. The more there is inflammatory language going back and forth, the more we feel there needs to be a way for our two countries to communicate."

In 2007, the MCC organized a trip to Iran in 2007 during which Christians from the U.S. asked Ahmadinejad to cut back on the anti-Semitic rhetoric. Four days later he told a group of clerics in Sudan that "the Zionists are the true manifestation of Satan" and that "[t]oday the Zionist regime is a symbol of hedonism and the manifestation of the ugly soul of some usurper powers that support it."

Abraham Foxman, national director for the Anti-Defamation League, condemned the MCC and the other organizations involved in the dinner.

Posted by dvz at September 12, 2008 03:49 PM


Just for everyone's information, the Mennonite Central Committee owns Ten Thousand Villages, a "fair trade" store that sells stuff made in third world countries to people in the U.S.

I wonder if they will be bringing Ahmadinejad any trinkets from the store.

Posted by: A Consumer at September 12, 2008 05:00 PM

Great suggestion! MCC does courageous and amazing peace and development work around the world.


Posted by: Debbie at September 12, 2008 07:35 PM

Clearly time for a boycott and some leafleting

Posted by: time for a boycott at September 14, 2008 07:33 PM

how can you even think of leafletting those nice dhimmis at three thousand villages.

Posted by: you are such a meanie at September 15, 2008 10:07 PM

The MCC's activities in Israel and the territories need to be put under greater scrutiny. Its website is awash in dispatches, opinions and think pieces that condemn Israel bell, book and candle, but say nary a nasty thing abou the Palestinians.

Moreover, its website hosted -- and may still host -- a long, windy think piece by Alain Epp Weaver, the MCC's point man in the territories, in which he muses out loud about the advisability of establishing Israel in the first place. Presumably, Mr. Epp Weaver has never stumbled over those tractates of the Talmud that state that certain Torah mitzvot can only be performed when a majority of the world's Jews live in Eretz Israel.

Posted by: Phillip Fine at September 25, 2008 10:53 AM

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