AJC Condemns Presbyterian Meeting with Hezbollah Leader

October 20, 2004

October 20, 2004 -  New York – The American Jewish Committee today condemned the meeting in Lebanon between a delegation from the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and Hezbollah, a group designated by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization. Hezbollah is responsible for massive terrorist attacks against American and Israeli citizens and continues to support terrorism throughout the Middle East.

AJC calls upon the leadership of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. to repudiate immediately the actions of its delegation in Lebanon.

By meeting with Hezbollah, the Presbyterian delegation lent legitimacy to what American government officials call the “A-Team” of global terrorists. In supporting the enemies of reconciliation, the Presbyterian action represents a blow to peace efforts in the region.

Reports of the meeting quote church Elder Ronald Stone as praising this terrorist organization for its “initiative for dialogue and mutual understanding.” Stone told Hezbollah leader Sheikh Nabil Qauq that, “[R]elations and conversations with Islamic leaders are a lot easier than dealings and dialogue with Jewish leaders.”

AJC and other Jewish groups today began a two-day meeting with leaders of mainline Christian churches to discuss relations following a recent Presbyterian resolution calling for divestment from Israel.

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