Friday, July 9, 2010
GA Approves a significantly revised report from the Middle East Study Committee – Mike Cole
The GA approved a report from the Middle East Study Committee by a vote of 82% to 17%, after major revisions were made to the report during the committee consideration. The most egregious and unfair portions of the report were removed during the committee meeting, creating a monitoring committee which would solicit four pro-Israeli and four pro-Palestinian narratives of approximately equal length and scholarship to be included in the report. This action also commends “The Kairos Palestine Document” written by Palestinian Christian leaders for study but not endorsement. The GA does endorse the document’s emphasis on hope for liberation, nonviolence, love of enemy and reconciliation.