The meeting took place during a trip co-sponsored by the Chicago Presbytery’s Middle East Task Force, in which Rev. Bob Reynolds of the Presbytery’s executive board took part.
The trip’s leader, Dr. Robert Worley, praised Hizbullah and expressed understanding for the terror group’s struggle against the Jewish State. Worley said that Presbyterians “have suffered much pressure on the part of Jewish organizations.” Worley also told Nasrallah that Jewish influence in America leads to the perception that Hizbullah is a terrorist organization.
Another Presbyterian leader, Ronald Stone, met with the southern Lebanese Hizbullah chief Sheikh Nabil Kauq and agreed to the terror chief's denouncement of US policies. The meeting, which was broadcast on Al-Manar TV, can be viewed by clicking here.
Hizbullah terrorists have killed scores of Israelis and kidnapped Israeli soldiers and civilians.
Local Jewish Federation and Anti-Defamation League officials contacted the Chicago Presbytery leadership, which refused to condemn the statements or meeting, saying instead that the trip was unofficial and not the responsibility of the group.
"The goal of my trip was educational," Reynolds told the Associated Press. "I think one way people can learn from one another is to learn the way people talk about themselves and describe their own reality."
The Presbyterian Church (USA) embarked on a campaign of divesting from Israeli companies last year. The move was widely condemned, including by other Christian groups.