Church Leaders Must Be Willing to Pay a Price for Palestinian Solidarity - Robert Cohen, 7/8/2017. "Well, you can’t say you haven’t been told. The Christian community in Occupied Palestine has just called time on 70 years of world-wide Christian/Jewish collusion in their oppression and slow demise. In an open letter to the World Council of Churches, they’re demanding a different course of action from their Christian sisters and brothers because, they write, the situation is now “beyond urgent”..."
CHURCH BDS ACTIONS 2017
July 2017 - "Members of the Mennonite Church USA voted to condemn Israel’s military occupation and to support divestment from companies that profit from violations of Palestinian rights. The resolution was approved by 98 percent of delegates at the church’s convention in Florida in July 2017. Everence, the denomination’s asset manager, will be directed to screen its investment and dump holdings in companies that profit from Israel’s occupation."
July 2017 - "The governing body of the United Church of Christ has voted overwhelmingly for a resolution that condemns Israel’s treatment of minors who go through its military courts, accusing it of defying international conventions. The resolution, which passed Sunday (July 2) at the church’s General Synod in Baltimore, also calls on the U.S. to withhold military assistance to the Jewish state for abuses against young Palestinians."
CHURCH BDS ACTIONS 2016
(Also see list here under "Faith Based Actions"): The United Methodist Pension and Health Benefits Fund, one of the largest church pension funds in North America, voted in January 2016 to make Israel's five largest banks ineligible for its investment. (Unfortunately a divestment resolution at the United Methodist General Convention two months later did not pass.) The Catholic Conference of Major Superiors of Men voted in March 2016 to "join the boycott of settlement products and companies profiting from settlements." The Alliance of Baptists, a progressive Baptist denomination, voted in April 2016 to "divest from all companies profiting from the occupation of Palestinian lands." The Presbyterian Church (USA), which already boycotts settlement products, passed several further resolutions at its general conference in June 2016: it adopted a human rights approach to resolving the Israeli/Palestinian conflict rather than the standard two-state position; it condemned "the systematic pattern of ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children within the Israeli prison system"; it asked the real estate firm RE/MAX to end its sale and rental of properties in illegal Israeli settlements; it defeated language attempting to characterize BDS as anti-Semitic; and it defeated a resolution calling for the Presbyterians to withdraw from the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation. The only defeat was on a resolution calling for churches to boycott Hewlett-Packard products. The Unitarian Universalists in July 2016 considered their first BDS resolution. While it received a majority of 54%, it did not get the two-thirds needed to pass. In August 2016, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted overwhelmingly "to adopt a human rights-based screen for its social responsibility funds to ensure the church is not profiting from human rights abuses." They also voted "to end U.S. aid to Israel until the latter freezes the construction of settlements built on occupied Palestinian land in violation of longstanding official U.S. policy and international law."
CHURCH BDS ACTIONS 2012-2015
Both the United Methodist Church (and here) and the Presbyterian Church (USA) (and here) voted at their general conferences in the summer of 2012 to boycott settlement products, and called on the U.S. “to prohibit the import of products made by companies in Israeli settlements on Palestinian land”. The Presbyterian Church (USA) at its conference in 2014 approved a measure recommending divestment from three corporations whose products it believes contribute to the Israeli occupation of Palestine: Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard and Motorola Solutions (p.4/7). The United Church of Christ voted by an overwhelming majority in June 2015 to divest from any company profiting "from the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the state of Israel", and to boycott settlement products.