Quakers in Britain Rise against Israeli Apartheid

The Quakers, commonly known as the Society of Friends, are rising against Israeli Apartheid. They have stated that they will stop doing business with any company that “profits from the occupation” in Gaza and the West Bank.


…by Jonas E. Alexis

The Quakers, commonly known as the Society of Friends, are rising against Israeli Apartheid. They have stated that they will stop doing business with any company that “profits from the occupation” in Gaza and the West Bank.

Paul Parker, a spokesperson for the Quakers in Britain, declared:

“Our long history of working for a just peace in Palestine and Israel has opened our eyes to the many injustices and violations of international law arising from the military occupation of Palestine by the Israeli government.

“With the occupation now in its 51st year, and with no end in near sight, we believe we have a moral duty to state publicly that we will not invest in any company profiting from the occupation.

“As Quakers, we seek to live out our faith through everyday actions, including the choices we make about where to put our money. We believe strongly in the power of legitimate, nonviolent, democratic tools such as morally responsible investment to realize positive change in the world. We want to make sure our money and energies are instead put into places which support our commitments to peace, equality and justice.”[1]

Wouldn’t it be nice if puppets and charlatans like John Hagee and others wake up from their Zionist dream and realize that that have been duped by the Israeli regime in general and Benjamin Netanyahu in particular? Wouldn’t there be a true change in the Christian Zionist world?

Of course, Jewish organizations obviously do not like the position that the Quakers have taken. In fact, they condemn the Quakers. Marie van der Zyl, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said:

“The appalling decision of the Friends House hierarchy to divest from just one country in the world – the only Jewish state – despite everything else going on around the globe, shows the dangers of the obsessive and tunnel-visioned approach that a narrow clique of church officials have taken in recent years.”[2]

Well, Mr. Zyl, every serious thinker or organization has to deal with the Israeli question precisely because of the misery in the Middle East revolves around that issue. For example, no country on earth has been able to send a six-trillion dollar bill to the United States. But Israel has done this very thing through just one war: The Iraq War. No country in the Middle East has been able to wipe out an entire population, steal people’s lands, and put almost entire country in what Israeli historian Ilan Pappe has called “the biggest prison on earth.”[3]

If Mr. Zyl can explain this phenomenon to us, then he’ll have a point. If he cannot, then perhaps he needs to shut up.

[1] “Quakers of Britain to boycott companies that do business in the West Bank,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, November 20, 2018.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ilan Pappe, The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories (Oxford: One World, 2016).

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    • Correct, there are only a few thousand Quakers in Britain, most regions have none at all. A few thousand in a nation of over 60 million as Britain is well on the way to freeing itself from the scourge of Christianity, churches are closing in huge numbers, more than 50% are already gone, congregations are tiny and almost exclusively composed of old and very old people. Recruitment of priests is becoming almost impossible, to the extent that they are having to import African preachers to try to keep at least a glimmer of their religion alive. A most ironic reversal of the Christian missionary movement that blighted Africa in the 19th century.

  1. It was Quakers in British Parliament behind banning slave traffic on Atlantic in 1807. Jews didn’t like that either. I think Quakers follow the NT closest of all Christianity. They don’t have any Church Masters or Archbishops to set hierarchy and corruption. Which corruption tells to change the concept “lost souls of House of Israel” to lost Tribes of Israel. One can make World politics with that, even burn the House or Church just mentioned for example in Syria.

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