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Why Did the Mennonite Central Committee Fund a Booklet Calling on Israelis Not to Serve in the IDF?

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The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) was founded in the 1920s and currently is supported by 15 separate church groups as “the relief, development and service arm” of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in the United States and Canada. They are closely related to that other, better known group of Anabaptists, the Amish. According to their mission they, “seek to demonstrate God’s love by working among people suffering from poverty, conflict, oppression and natural disaster.” But in recent years, the MCC has emerged as a strong supporter of anti-Israel causes, including a group that calls on Israelis not to serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

Earlier this year, the MCC has helped the group, New Profile, produce a guide on how to resist the mandatory IDF draft. New Profile is an Israel-based radical-left group advocating for a demilitarized Israeli society.

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