MP’s wall of criticism for church
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The controversial replica of Israel’s security wall erected at a London church has been criticised as “shockingly anti-Israel” in Parliament.
Harlow MP Robert Halfon told the Commons that the wall, put up at St James’s Piccadilly, for last month’s Bethlehem Unwrapped exhibition, had undermined religious tolerance.
In response, fellow Tory MP Sir Tony Baldry, who as Church of England commissioner is responsible for answering Commons questions about the church, said: “The demonstration at St James’s Piccadilly was not against Judaism or Jews but against the illegal occupation under international law in the West Bank and some of the settlements”.