The Church of Sweden's Unholy Spat Over Israel and Apartheid

A Swedish Jewish organization blasts the church’s decision, saying it cements its image as anti-Israel, while some of the church’s own bishops say it has a ‘one-sided fixation on Israel’

David Stavrou
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STOCKHOLM – A decision by the Church of Sweden last week calling on ecumenical organizations to investigate Israel as an apartheid state has been condemned by the country’s leading Jewish body and members of the church itself.

According to the formal decision, the General Synod (the church’s decision-making body) has commissioned its Central Board to “raise the issue of scrutinizing the implementation of international law in Israel and Palestine, also from the perspective of the United Nations convention on apartheid and the definitions of apartheid in the Rome Statute.”

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