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).
Report on implementation of the resolution (prepared for the 2017 General Synod)
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)