Boycotting (certain) Christians

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House ( and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives ( He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

This past week the United Church of Nonsense/christ joined the Presbyterian Church (USA) in endorsing a boycott of the Jewish State of Israel. Thankfully both of these groups are in severe decline and have no economic or political clout and/or much of a future. In layman's terms, these would be referred to as "has-been" denominations. 

Nonetheless, this AIDS-like virus of active anti-semitism could potentially spread to other similary intellectually and relevance-challenged groups. Therefore, a strong and clear response is warranted and necessary. 

I propose boycotting all of the individual leaders and members of these groups. Now that these denominations have self-delcared themselves as openly hostile to the Jewish People, Jewish people should be openly hostile to them. No friendly, business or charitable relations should be conducted until they repent and change from their evil anti-semitic ways. I strongly believe that a unified effort would force a change of these newly-adopted asinine policies quite quickly and send a crystal clear message to those considering similar dastardly actions. 

One wishing to mock this approach might try to point out that these groups are small and weak and that I wouldn't suggest such a policy if they were more powerful. This very well may be true. And that is why we should be very thankful to Hashem for protecting us from larger more formidable groups as well as giving us an opportunity to nip this in the bud. So that is exactly what we should do! We should boycott the boycotters! (Of course, everyone should also make a serious economic effort to support Jewish businesses in Israel and especially in Judea and Samaria!!!) 

Times have changed, but anti-semitism remains. The Torah continues to inspiringly instruct us: 

"And I will bless those that bless you and curse the one who curses you. And in you shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Bereishis 12:1-3) 

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem