United Church of Christ calls for boycott and divestment from companies profiting in Israel's occupation
The 30th General Synod of the UCC, a member church of the WCC, has passed a resolution calling for a boycott and divestment from companies that profit in Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
The International Middle East Media Center report that on 29 June, "Israeli police and personnel of the 'Israel Land Administration' raided the premises of the local church in the Palestinian Christian village of Eqreth and took control of its entire possessions." "The priest remained defiant", they report, saying: "'We are here to stay; this is our land, no matter what they do'. 'We always hold protest against the ongoing harassment and violations'."
Churches for Middle East Peace has announced a national conference to raise questions with Christians about the moral dimensions of Holy Land travel, a topic often ignored by commercial tourism. "Christian tourism and church investment has had an enormous impact in the Holy Land, but this impact is not necessarily and not always beneficial", they state. The conference, which is co-sponsored by the Society for Biblical Studies, will raise moral issues that pertain to Christian travel.
The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) was launched by the WCC in 2007 to catalyze and co-ordinate new and existing church advocacy for peace, aimed at ending the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories in accordance with UN resolutions, and demonstrate its commitment to inter-religious action for peace and to justice that serves all peoples of the region.
PIEF acts to
- challenge government support for the occupation
- challenge public support for the occupation
- challenge theological and biblical justifications for the occupation and
- maintain viable the Palestinian Christian presence in the Holy Land.