There are two ways one can view the vote by the Presbyterian Church to support divestment from businesses that profit off of Israeli policies (“With friends like these …” June 27). The typical response is to see anti-Semites under every rock, in every pew, behind every tree. After all, the Jewish people are the Chosen Ones, and any attack on the Jewish homeland is an attack on the Jewish people. Or, one can step back and see that the actions of the Jewish state toward its non-Jewish citizens and residents are so egregious that even old friends can’t turn away any more. Perhaps, finally the world, including so many Jewish groups, is finally taking the guarantee of absolution and invisibility of Israeli crimes against humanity to a higher level of accountability of human decency.
Myles B. Hoenig