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ClicktoenlargeNine Tory MPs have written to this morning’s Times to protest against the Church of England General Synod’s recent decision to encourage disinvestment from companies that make products used by Israel in the Palestinian territories.  Click on the scan to read an enlarged copy of the letter.

The nine MPs – listed below – say that the decision has already caused "enormous pain to ordinary Anglican worshippers and even more hurt to the Jewish community".  It also says the decision is "partial":

"Synod might on reflection want to consider the plight of Palestinian Christians whose right to worship is explicit in Israel, yet becoming increasingly difficult within Palestinian territories, and who view with alarm the success of Hamas. They might be puzzled as to why there has been no similar overt manifestation of concern by the Church against such an explicitly anti-Jewish and anti-Christian movement."

THE NINE SIGNATORIES

  • Alistair Burt, MP
  • David Amess, MP
  • David Burrowes, MP
  • Stephen Crabb, MP
  • David Davies, MP
  • Greg Hands, MP
  • Gary Streeter, MP
  • Ed Vaizey, MP
  • Ann Widdecombe, MP

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