NCC Defends Criticism of Israel Against Charges of Anti-Semitism

October 14, 2004

Source: NCC News Service

On October 14, 2004 NCC News Service reported, "Calling it a case of 'journalistic malpractice,' National Council of Churches General Secretary Bob Edgar today challenged the content and conclusions of a U.S. News & World Report columnist who had suggested the Council's criticisms of the government of Israel were 'anti-Semitic.' Edgar, in a letter to the magazine's editor-in-chief Mortimer Zuckerman, pointed out that columnist John Leo, in the October 18 U.S. News edition now on newsstands, had wrongly attacked as biased criticism by four American Protestant churches and two ecumenical bodies (National Council of Churches USA and World Council of Churches) of human rights actions by both Israeli and U.S. governments."