Sunday, February 12, 2006
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, a supporter of the Church of England's move to divest from companies used by Israel in the Occupied Territories, has now apologized to Britain's chief rabbi for the decision. In terms of the how the Israeli/Palestinian conflict should be resolved, I support the two-state solution, and feel that Palestinians have more historical grievances against Israel than Israel does against the Palestinians. However, I have a problem with these divestment movements because they all seem unduly pre-occupied with Israel in a way that doesn't make much sense. I don't know the portfolios of any particular organization, but have to wonder how many of them have financial ties to countries like China which are arguable the source of more oppression than Israel is, and even oppression of the same type if one counts Tibet as a potential country under occupation.