A resolution for selective boycott and divestment from corporations benefiting from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory was unanimously recommended by a committee of delegates and overwhelmingly affirmed (508-124) by delegates to the United Church of Christ’s General Synod at their meeting last week in Cleveland,. In the face of decades of failed negotiations and Israeli government intransigence, we are acknowledging that Israel will have to be pressed by people of conscience around the world, including American churches, if there is to be freedom and equality for Palestinians in our lifetimes.
The call for action was included in a resolution sponsored by 10 of the United Church of Christ’s regional conferences, an unprecedented alliance, and supported by the church’s nationwide Palestine Israeli Network. The lead sponsor of the resolution was the UCC’s Central Atlantic Conference based in Catonsville. The action built upon a 2005 resolution calling for the use of economic leverage to end Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories and is consistent with United Church of Christ resolutions since 1967 that call for lasting peace, an end to the occupation and a nonviolent resolution to the conflict.