By Robyn Rosen, July 29, 2010
A Methodist preacher has set up a Methodist Friends of Israel group as a response to her church's call to boycott Israel.
Earlier this month the Methodist conference passed a report calling for a boycott of goods from "illegal" West Bank settlements, and for political lobbying to end Israel's occupation and the "siege of Gaza".
The decision was widely criticised and the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council said the church should "hang its head in shame".
Pam Smith, a preacher in Monmouth, South Wales, created a website and Facebook group to gain support for Israel.