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July 09, 2010

CAMERA Responds to PC(USA) Vote

Breaking: The PC(USA)'s General Assembly approved a significantly altered version of the Middle East Study Committee Report. More details will follow, but here is CAMERA's response signed by CAMERA Executive Director Andrea Levin:

The Committee for Accuracy In Middle East Reporting in America has been paying close attention to the events at the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s General Assembly in Minneapolis, with a particular emphasis on the report submitted by the Middle East Study Committee (MESC). The original version of this report offered a highly partisan and distorted view of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

This is not what the PC(USA)'s General Assembly asked for when it created the Middle East Study Committee in 2008.

CAMERA is heartened by the General Assembly's efforts to perfect the report. The General Assembly's committee on Middle East Peacemaking engaged in a good-faith effort to correct the problems with the MESC report. Problems remain, but if PC(USA) leaders follow the process outlined in the overture passed by the General Assembly today, the church will embark on a process by which it can arrive at a comprehensive—and factual—understanding of all the factors contributing to the continued existence of this tragic conflict.

This is what the PC(USA)'s General Assembly asked for in 2008.

CAMERA hopes that this is what the church will receive in the years ahead.

Posted by dvz at July 9, 2010 02:25 PM


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