In the meantime, the former Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, Riah, who caused no end of trouble for Jewish-Christian relations worldwide, and sucessfully encouraged the Feburary 2006 Anglican Synod to vote in favour of divesting from Israel:
has now been making trouble for his successor, Bishop Suheil:
I met the current Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, Suheil, last summer at St. George's Anglican Cathedral, Jerusalem. He chatted with me for an hour and was graciousness itself.
I gave a couple of Biblical Hebrew lessons to members of his staff and later learned how excited they were that Bishop Suheil had also organised lessons in Modern Hebrew for them:
I've also visited Nazareth and heard what Anglican clergy there had to say about Bishop Riah. I was also shown the eye-sore which is the school named after the former Anglican Bishop and which seems to be the centre of the scandal he's got himself into.
Bishop Riah hates the Hebrew Bible and thinks that Jews are irrelevant to the Church of England, to Jesus, and to the State of Israel. In fact, he seems to think that we're basically the devil incarnate:
Bishop Suheil is quiet, thoughtful and gracious, and obviously thinks that Hebrew of both the Biblical and modern variety have their place. He has also prayed for the peace of all the citizens of Israel and the surrounding areas:
Most important, he backed Lambeth Palace and the two Chief Rabbis of Israel in their establishing of the Commission of Anglican and Jewish leaders, and recently attended one of their meetings in Jerusalem:
Many in Israel think that Bishop Suheil is best thing to have happened to the local Church of England in a very very long time and represents a much needed breath of fresh air.
On a karmic level, it's somewhat ironic to see that the same Bishop Riah who advocated, and I quote: 'morally responsible investment' (i.e. denuding Jewish Israel of its assests), is now himself the subject of 'litigation brought by the diocese ... for fraud'.
Quite quite delicious!!
Can't wait to see what Ruth Gledhill of The Times makes of this one!
And sure enough, Ruth has now blogged on the story here: