A Methodist church has agreed to include statements detailing Israel’s security concerns in an exhibition it is mounting after complaints of pro-Palestinian bias.
Hinde Street Methodist Church’s reconstruction of an Israeli checkpoint (R. Millett)
Hinde Street Church had been criticised by the Board of Deputies and the Zionist Federation over the display – entitled “You cannot pass – Life through a dividing wall” – which features a life-size reconstruction of a checkpoint in the separation barrier between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Marie van der Zyl, vice-president of the Board, said the exhibition was “one-sided” and “puts unwelcome and unnecessary strain on Christian-Jewish relations”.
In response, the church agreed to include information prepared by the ZF outlining Israel’s security needs.
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