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YMCA Launches Virulent Anti-Israel Campaign

YMCA Launches Virulent Anti-Israel Campaign

Pledged to the principles of brotherly love, the YMCA has attacked Israel with astonishing venom.

by Aish.com Staff

The World Alliance of YMCAs, based in Geneva, has issued a 3,000-word report concluding that "the one-sided nature of the conflict demands that the YMCA take the side of the oppressed Palestinian people."

The YMCA report declares that Israel is "killing people without provocation," and using "massive force against unarmed protestors and completely innocent people, mainly women, the elderly, and children." The report refers to "many youth who are silenced by death only because they chose to protest against their occupation and the violation of their human dignity day in and day out."

The YMCA report further cites "biased and one-sided media reporting on the crisis, which left the Palestinian side generally outraged."

Palestinian violence against Jews was mentioned nowhere in the text of the YMCA report.

The YMCA report is based on a 5-day fact-finding trip in November 2000 "coordinated and sponsored by the World Alliance of YMCAs to express its solidarity with the Palestinians and to develop a new global YMCA strategy in addressing the question of Palestine."

The report says:

"We heard many heart-wrenching stories, and feel compelled to highlight a few of these, simply because they were so shocking. Further, they serve to highlight the all-pervasive tactics of intimidation and intent to bring the Palestinian people into submission.

"We heard about a vicious and savage attack by settlers on three elderly women, 75, 72, and 65 years of age, while they were picking olives in fields close to an Israeli settlement in Nablus... The settlers arrived in a group and the women were beaten with iron rods until one was killed and the other two severely injured."

During the trip, YMCA international representatives visited YMCA facilities in east Jerusalem and Gaza, and met with Palestinian officials, Palestinian Legislative Council members, the Red Crescent Society, and Moslem and Christian religious leaders.

When asked why they did not visit any Jewish communities or meet with Jewish leaders, YMCA responded by saying, "The recent report was based on the visit of an international team who for reasons of time and circumstances did not also visit Israel."

The report invokes Christian ideals as the force behind its campaign:

"The international YMCA community has to take firm and coordinated action along with churches and other concerned people as a matter of urgency. The one-sided nature of the conflict demands that the YMCA take the side of the oppressed Palestinian people. Our Christian obligations require that we work to seek justice so that genuine peace is served."

The YMCA report calls for intensive worldwide promotion of Palestinian positions, including "acknowledging the right of return of all refugees." These goals are to be achieved through YMCA-sponsored speaking tours, information packets, e-mail campaigns, a film documentary, lobbying efforts, and an "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People."

YMCA representatives in the U.S. and Canada sought to distance themselves from the provocative report.

The YMCA's astonishingly biased report represents a grave error in judgment from an organization which has built its reputation and fairness and brotherhood. It behooves every peace-loving individual to demand that the YMCA retract it's condemnation, and rectify the damage with a fact-finding visit to Jewish individuals communities in Israel who have been beleaguered by Palestinian violence and terror.

See the YMCA report online:
http://www.ymca.int/programs/Declarations/Palestine_ReportNov2000.htm

Complain to the YMCA at:
Email: office@ymca.int
Fax: +41-22-849-5110

Sign a petition protesting the YMCA report:
http://www.wiesenthal.com/social/press/pet1.cfm?petid=4

Published: December 31, 1969


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Visitor Comments: 4

(4) Norris Lineweaver, January 29, 2007 8:08 AM

This is an old interpretation of the news

Since this very unusual and unfortunate polemic position was approved by the majority attending a World YMCA forum in Mexico City several years ago, a more balanced position has been discussed in YMCA international circles, as more recent this past summer in Durban, South Africa.

As a working resident in Israel, there is no doubt that there is room for much accountabilikty and atonement in the conduct of both Palestinian and Israeli authorities. The predicament here is predicated by a country without a constitution at war with a constitution without a country. The salvation of Israel is in the soveriegnty of Palestine. Only a free and just regional society supported by an open and free economy will bring lasting peace to The Holy Land.

(3) Jack Goodman, December 29, 2001 12:00 AM

I"m a veteran,is this what for?

A public apology here and in Europe is forthcoming. The T.V. show BILL MAHER would consider this Grist for the mill"!I am shocked by the ignorance and hatred cloaked by religion and charity.Is it possible they don"t know that Jerusalem is the city of King David and not of the P.L.O ? Thank you for this opprtunity to express my self.

(2) annonymous annonymous, September 6, 2001 12:00 AM

what a disgrace !

The World Alliance of YMCA'S? What world are they from? It's clear that they are a fringe group, with a big name! What Bible are they reading from? Perhaps sending them one authored by the G_d of Avraham. With the hudreds of passages promising this land to "the childen of Israel" Where does one even begin... with a group so deceived. The one glimmer of hope in this article is that the reps from the U.S. and Canada distanced themselves! G_d ,forgive them. This kind of anti-semitsm fools only the 'Foolish". Thank you for bringing this to this to our attention.

(1) Anonymous, August 7, 2001 12:00 AM

Thank You!

Thanks you!

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