VICAR’S YEARS OF ANTI-ISRAEL ACTION
A former Church of England vicar, Stephen Sizer gained notoriety after using his Facebook profile to link to an American website which claimed to highlight “Zionism, Jewish extremism and a few other nasty items making our world uninhabitable today”.
At the time, six years ago, the site ran cartoons in celebration of Holocaust deniers, blamed Israel for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and supported the then Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s nuclear ambitions.
A passionate antiIsrael activist while senior pastor of the Anglican Christ Church in Virginia Water, Surrey, Rev Sizer was later banned by the Church from sharing further inflammatory material.
In 2013 he reached a mediated deal with the Board of Deputies in which he agreed to moderate the tone and nature of postings and links on his blog on the subject of Israel and the Palestinians.
But he breached the deal in 2015 and last year, with more than a decade of anti-Israel campaigning behind him, the Bishop of Guildford barred him from the pulpit.
Rev Sizer left his church and is now founding director of the Peacemaker Trust charity.