This is just a weird weekend of strange Anglican news that I feel like I need to comment on. At St. George's College (and Anglican college and Cathedral in Jerusalem near Saladin), the Israeli Mossad apparently stormed in to arrest Mordechai Vanunu, a jewish convert to Anglicanism who had just gotten out of prison after spending over a decade in Israeli prison for giving away secrets of Israeli nuclear weapons. To read more, including Archbishop Riah Abu El-Assal's reaction to all this, click here.
Personally, i don't know what to make of this. Having roots in Flaming Xenophobic Zionism combined with my boot-strap fascist propensity for Kissinger-esque foreign policy schemes, I'm torn here. I take traitorous actions very seriously and on the one hand can sympathize with the Israeli government. Certainly, here "on the block" at seminary, there is a latent anti-Israeli bias. And of course, those people are just eating this up. "How dare they violate a sacred space!"
Granted, i think the Israeli Mossad and Army can get out of control due to the Intifada. But, when the church is housing a known traitor (and I am unclear from all that I have read whether he was claiming the medieval right of sanctuary), I don't think they can rightly plead ignorance and outrage, given the situation. Seems to me they knowingly ran the risk of a raid like this. I don't know. Does anyone have any earth shattering ideas on this one? I can't in good conscience condemn the israelis who have to live in a world where they have to have armed guards on every school bus and pizza parlor and constantly live in fear.