2015 General Synod: A Call for the United Church of Christ to Take Actions Toward a Just Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
This resolution proposes a fourfold strategy by the United Church of Christ to help end the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The strategy seeks to combine: (1) educational empowerment (study of Kairos Palestine 2009 – ‘A Moment of Truth’: A Word of Faith, Hope, and Love from the Heart of Palestinian Suffering); (2) economic leverage (divestment from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and boycott of products produced in such territories by Israeli companies); (3) political pressure (petition to Congress to ensure that aid to Israel violates neither the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act nor the U.S. Arms Export Control Act); and (4) interreligious dialogue (conversation among the three Abrahamic faiths aimed at reaching religious reconciliation and achieving political resolution).
Related to the Resolution:
Religion and Ethics News Weekly segment on the Churches and BDS (Feb. 12, 2016)
Human Rights Watch report: "Occupation, Inc." (Jan. 19, 2016)
"Promoting A Just Peace in Palestine Israel: A Guide for United Church of Christ Faith Leaders"--A study guide and resource prepared by the UCC Palestine Israel Network (August, 2016)
Boycott Hewlett-Packard Video (June 2016)