New York, NY, June 30, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed the “long overdue” announcement by the Presbyterian Church (USA) that it will remove the egregiously anti-Israel and anti-Semitic publication “Zionism Unsettled” from sale on its website.
“This publication should never have been there in the first place,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “What made it worse was that the decision to finally remove it was marred by the church’s long overdue action. Now the church must go beyond the removal to ensure that such offensive material never again appears on its website or is linked to official church communications.”
Despite its offensiveness, and despite the recent approval of an overture at the recent meeting of the Presbyterian Church’s General Assembly stating that “Zionism Unsettled” does not represent the views of the church, the publication remained available for purchase on the PC (USA) website where it was marketed as a helpful guide on how to “promote more truthful relationships among followers of the three Abrahamic religions.”
“An anti-Israel and anti-Semitic document of this kind should have never been published by a Church-affiliated organization, let alone marketed by the Presbyterian Church (USA) on its website,” said Rabbi David Sandmel, ADL Director of Interfaith Affairs. “Concerned Presbyterians along with Jewish organizations have been asking for this step for months on both the national and local level.”
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