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Israel Palestine Mission Network, Presbyterian Church (USA), Facebook pages include anti-Semitic cartoons

 

Images like this were posted on a Facebook page run by "Presbyterian peacemakers."

The Israel Palestine Mission Network-PCUSA Facebook page includes the cartoon of President Obama wearing weighty Jewish star earrings to suggest Jewish control of the American leader, a common theme on the site. A comment below the cartoon says "Our glorious leader has his head firmly lodged between AIPAC's buttcheeks."

A second cartoon, posted on IPMN's Facebook page on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2011, showed two Israeli soldiers harassing Santa Claus. One soldier rummages through Santa's bag of gifts, another searches Santa for weapons. Santa himself has his hands up against a concrete section of the security barrier. A church steeple can be seen off in the distance. The soldier rummaging through Santa's toys has a hooked nose, giving the image an obviously anti-Semitic touch.

The image itself was posted by an administrator from the IPMN, for which the Presbyterian Church (USA) provides fundraising assistance. Whoever posted the cartoon opined "At first, this cartoon seems a bit much, then it sinks in that unfortunately, it's spot on!"

On Feb. 6, 2012, The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), an umbrella organization of 125 local Jewish federations and 14 national Jewish organizations, called on the Presbyterian Church (USA) to rein in the anti-Zionist and in some instances, anti-Jewish rhetoric proffered by its education and peacemaking organization, the Israel-Palestine Mission Network of the PC (USA).

A similar statement was made the same day by the American Jewish Committee (AJC). It called on Presbyterian Church leaders to make efforts to further rein in its highly problematic Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN).

“When American church leaders allow extremists in their own community to dictate the direction of church activity on an issue as complex as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they weaken the stature of the church in the eyes of all,” said Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC’s director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations.

Chartered in 2004, IPMN claims to support both Israelis and Palestinians, yet it has allowed its Facebook page to be a magnet and repository for anti-Israel and anti-Jewish invective since its inception. Blatant hostility to Israel and its right to exist permeates much of IPMN’s work in the Presbyterian Church, including IPMN’s publications, programs and website, as documented by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). AJC is a member of the JCPA.