VICAR’S YEARS OF ANTI-IS­RAEL AC­TION

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

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.

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