Jewish Network for Palestine From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free

We invite everyone to support Revd. Dr. Sizer by signing this open letter, either as an individual or representing an organisation
To read about the case and its background, see links below:
Sabeel-Kairos UK Statement of Support from Sabeel-Kairos UK and Friends of Sabeel North America
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions: ICAHD Supports Rev Stephen Sizer, Accused of Anti-Semitism
Jewish Network for Palestine:
Islamic Human Rights Commission: Tribunal Rejects Antisemitism Allegations
Jewish Voice for Labour: The Ten Year Vendetta
Middle East Monitor: Church of England bars pro-Palestine priest for 12 years over alleged anti-Semitism
Islamic Human Rights Commission: IHRC condemns CofE decision to ban ex-vicar for offending Zionists
Revd. Dr. Stephen Sizer:


Open letter

Church of England's unjust decision to ban Reverend Dr Stephen Sizer

We the undersigned condemn the Church of England's unjust decision to ban Reverend Dr Stephen Sizer from ministry on the grounds of alleged antisemitism.
This punishment comes from the CofE Tribunal’s December judgement that he had engaged in ‘antisemitic activity’, even though it had identified no antisemitic statements of his own. The Tribunal accepted his accusers’ two main narratives. First, they claimed to speak for all British Jews as strongly identifying with Israel therefore offended by criticism. Second, they treated such subjective ‘offence’ as evidence of ‘antisemitic behaviour’, especially given the sensitivities of ‘the Jewish race’. Thus the CofE decision had racist assumptions, associating all Jews with Israel’s institutionally racist regime.
Rather than express justice, the Tribunal’s December decision – and now the punishment – capitulates to Zionist pressure and by extension forsakes the Church's mission to help oppressed and suffering people.
Reverend Dr Sizer has been a life-long campaigner for an end to the occupation of Palestinians, a constituency which includes many Christians. These are the same Christians who have faced the daily indignities, humiliation, and horrors of settler colonialism for the last 75 years. It will not have gone unnoticed that Christians in Palestine are today being subjected to increasing attacks on their persons and their places of worship by fanatical Zionist Jews seeking exclusivity of ownership of the land.
In the light of the enduring unjust Israeli occupation, we would expect the Church to support Palestinians at a time when most of the world's governments have abandoned them, rather than kowtow to Zionist machinations to reinforce the illegal occupation of the Holy Land via lobbying and weaponising antisemitism. Speaking truth to power is a role for which Jesus is admired and revered. It is a sad day when a Church that claims to follow his teachings allows itself to be bullied into siding with the aggressor.
There is no good that can come out of this decision. It sets a dangerous precedent which will no doubt have chilling repercussions on the ability of your ministers to criticise Zionism, Israel and their inherent injustices.
We ask the Church of England to revoke their unjust and arbitrary decision, and reinstate Dr. Sizer's permission to officiate.


For the Convivencia Alliance
David Cannon, Chair, Jewish Network of Palestine
Massoud Shadjareh, Chair, Islamic Human Rights Commission

To see the JNP statement on the unjust verdict, please press