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UK: London church accused of 'anti-Semitism' for Israeli checkpoint exhibition02:37

UK: London church accused of 'anti-Semitism' for Israeli checkpoint exhibition

United Kingdom, London
September 19, 2016 at 16:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hinde Street Methodist Church has been accused of 'fanning the flames of anti-Semitism' by proponents of Israel, due to an exhibition recreating the Palestinian experience of trying to pass an Israeli checkpoint, which opened its doors in Marylebone, London on Monday.

The project entitled 'You cannot pass today: Life through a dividing wall' has been designed to mark a world week for peace in Palestine and Israel, and recreates the Palestinian experience of queuing at an Israeli border control point between Jerusalem and the West Bank. According to organisers, the aim of the project is to give visitors the chance to explore how people can break down the walls that divide them.

Speaking on the project, one of the organisers, Rev. Sue Keegan von Allmen, said that "we want to engage communities with dialogue. So, we did communicate with the West London synagogue before we opened the exhibition. Unfortunately, the letter didn't get through and we regret that," adding that, however "conversation had enabled us then to include a statement of the Israeli government's position in the exhibition."

In response to criticisms of 'anti-semitism' against the exhibition, a Church spokesperson said that the exhibition does not criticise the Jewish community or faith, but reflects the issues of divided communities and promotes reflection and prayers for peace.

UK: London church accused of 'anti-Semitism' for Israeli checkpoint exhibition02:37
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Hinde Street Methodist Church has been accused of 'fanning the flames of anti-Semitism' by proponents of Israel, due to an exhibition recreating the Palestinian experience of trying to pass an Israeli checkpoint, which opened its doors in Marylebone, London on Monday.

The project entitled 'You cannot pass today: Life through a dividing wall' has been designed to mark a world week for peace in Palestine and Israel, and recreates the Palestinian experience of queuing at an Israeli border control point between Jerusalem and the West Bank. According to organisers, the aim of the project is to give visitors the chance to explore how people can break down the walls that divide them.

Speaking on the project, one of the organisers, Rev. Sue Keegan von Allmen, said that "we want to engage communities with dialogue. So, we did communicate with the West London synagogue before we opened the exhibition. Unfortunately, the letter didn't get through and we regret that," adding that, however "conversation had enabled us then to include a statement of the Israeli government's position in the exhibition."

In response to criticisms of 'anti-semitism' against the exhibition, a Church spokesperson said that the exhibition does not criticise the Jewish community or faith, but reflects the issues of divided communities and promotes reflection and prayers for peace.