‘Wrong to Ebay book link up with arrives with Methodists’ hate graffiti
AN EXPERT on Christian-Jewish relations believes British Jews should have cut off all contact with the Methodist Church following its adoption of an anti-Israel policy.
Malcolm Lowe, a Bible scholar who has lectured at the Hebrew University, criticised attempts by the Jewish community to repair relations following last year’s Methodist conference.
At the June 2010 conference, delegates voted for a boycott of goods from “illegal” Israeli West Bank settlements and pointed to Israeli occupation as the “key hindrance” to Middle East peace.
Mr Lowe said efforts made to thaw relations — including a mock Seder organised by the Board of Deputies and the Council for Christians and Jews for delegates at this year’s Methodist conference — should not have gone ahead until the church repealed the policy.
The Board argued that grassroots work in the past 12 months with “sympathetic” local Methodists had isolated anti-Zionist elements in the church.
Mr Lowe said the policy “disgraces the church… If the church does not withdraw the report then it continues to insult the Jewish community.”
Board chief executive Jon Benjamin said: “We did step back from normal engagement last year. But we did engage with them to deal head on with this precise issue.”
POLICE ARE investigating after antisemitic graffiti and swastikas were discovered on an invoice for books sent from Britain to Israel via eBay.
Israeli Faith Romano said she was shocked to discover the words “Hitler”, “SS” and “Jude” on an invoice sent to her son Michael, 24, who lives in Roash Hay’ayin.
The invoice, which accompanied the book Sumo: From Rite to Sport, was sent from eBay sales company Brit Books, based in Buckingham.
Ms Romano said: “We are not used to seeing things like this, living in Israel. It made me feel sick. It was from a sealed envelope and could not have been tampered with. My son couldn’t even touch the book; it was like it was tainted.”
She has complained to Brit Books, eBay and the Anti-Defamation League in Israel.
James Acquaroli, operations manager for Brit Books, said: “This incident is of grave concern to everyone here and a thorough and detailed internal investigation has been ongoing since Faith Romano brought the matter to our attention. We have now also reported the matter to the police.”
An eBay spokesperson said: “This incident is extremely regrettable and we are looking in to it.”