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July 1, 2015 6:42 pm

ADL Expresses ‘Deep Disappointment’ With UCC Decision to Divest From Companies Doing Business With Israel

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Qalqiliya in the West Bank. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Qalqiliya in the West Bank. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Anti-Defamation League “expressed deep disappointment” with the United Church of Christ’s vote to divest from companies doing business with Israel in the disputed territories of the West Bank and Israeli companies operating in the West Bank.

“The UCC’s endorsement of this one-sided resolution is a misguided and counterproductive maneuver to demonize Israel under religious pretenses,” said ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman. “We call on responsible members of the UCC to reject the substance of this anti-Israel initiative, and refrain from supporting or engaging in any BDS or other anti-Israel activism.”

ADL’s director of interfaith affairs, Rabbi David Sandmel, warned that “Passage of this hostile resolution threatens to create distance between the Jewish community and the UCC movement.”

The UCC voted on Tuesday by 508-124 with 38 abstentions to divest from both international and Israeli companies with a West Bank presence, including Caterpillar, Motorola, Hewlett-Packard and Veolia. Another measure that would have condemned Israeli policy vis-a-vis the Palestinians as apartheid failed to pass.

The UCC followed in the footsteps of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which narrowly voted last year to divest from three companies operating in the West Bank.

Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor accused the UCC of relying on “evidence” and materials from politically active nongovernmental organizations that already support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

“The consequence is a highly distorted approach in UCC deliberations on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said NGO Monitor.

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  • Hypocrisy of the Anti-Israel BDS Movement
    by Mr. Cohen, 2015 June 7, updated 2015 June 8

    In year 2012 CE, the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report revealed 17 countries that still practice or tolerate slavery: Algeria, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Kuwait, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea, Yemen, Madagascar, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, and Cuba.

    Notice that NONE of these 17 countries is suffers the wrath of the BDS movement, no matter how guilty they are of practicing slavery.

    Also notice that most of these countries are MUSLIM, which means that the Far-Left-dominated news media will NEVER give them the criticism they deserve, because the Far-Leftists are the loyal allies of the Muslims.

    Last but not least, the Far-Left-dominated BDS movement will NEVER target these counties with boycotts, because the Far-Leftists are the loyal allies of the Muslims.

    According to the year 2014 CE Freedom in the World Report, the ten most oppressive countries in the world are: Central African Republic, Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Eritrea, Syria, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, and Uzbekistan.

    Notice that NONE of these ten countries is suffers the wrath of the BDS movement, no matter how much they oppress their own citizens.

    Since year 1950 CE, China has occupied the land of Tibet and murdered around one million Tibetans.
    Does China suffer the wrath of the BDS movement? NO!

    Russia invaded Georgia in year 2008 CE.
    Russia invaded Ukraine in year 2014 CE.
    Is Russian boycotted by the BDS movement?
    NO! And it never will be.

  • Larinthian

    The BDS movement is a hate group. Those who align themselves with BDS are consciously choosing to propagate anti Semitism and should immediately be discredited and have no legitimacy. In just the last couple weeks, Israel has been subjected to increased rocket attacks, yesterday, four Israelis were the victims of a Palestinian drive by shooting. The notorious flotilla missions arrived on Israel’s shores to deliver more weapons to the Palestinians so they can continue murdering more innocent Israelis. There has been outbreaks of violence throughout Israel. These are just a few examples, there are plenty more. The BDS crowd has repeatedly tried to cause economic hardship against Israel by boycotting businesses in the “occupied territory.” Of course, what BDS conveniently doesn’t bother to explain is how the settlements came about. In 1967, a multitude of Israel’s Arab neighbors, tried to carry out another unprovoked war that would result in Israel’s demise. Israel specifically told Jordan not to attack and in return they would avoid military action. Jordan ignored this proposal. As a result, after losing yet another war to annihilate Israel failed Jordan relinquished land. So, Israel had a right to increased territory. Israel used this patch of land as a buffer between them and Arab aggressors. Israel has always been willing to relinquish land if in return, they would no longer be attacked., this was the case during negotiations in drafting the treaty with Egypt. This is something I strongly disagree with. But, my personal opinion is irrelevant. So, there is no basis for the BDS movement to exist other than feeding the insatiable appetite of anti Semitism, hatred, and evil.

  • Dr. Stephen Steinlight

    To place the UCC’s despicable action, it should be noted that it is without doubt the most leftist of all Christian denominations in the United States — almost as bad as some branches of Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism. But in fairness it must be added that there is likely a divide between the pulpit and the pews; attitudes towards virtually every issue one might name in domestic and international policy are on the extreme left among clergy, but congregants usually have a more sane view of the world. Let us remember that a past head of the UCC was none other but the risible Ben Chavis, who left the UCC to become a convert to paranoid racist form of Islam of the Nation of Islam of the vile Louis Farrakhan. All that is necessary to place the intellectual bona fides of Wikopedia in context is to note that while at the Nation of Islam, one of the world’s center of Nazi-style Jew-hatred, Ben Chavis is described as “working on interreligious understanding among Muslims, Christians and Jews.” The claim is farcical: it is the moral equivalent of saying that Julius Striecher labored in the vineyard of Jewish-German understanding. The UCC is a morally lamentable and thankfully dying assemblage of WASP privilege, where anti-Semitism remains what T.S. Eliot, an expert on the subject as a Jew-hater himself, called a “suburban prejudice.” Sadly, that prejudice has cost the Jewish people one third of its global population in living memory. The UCC will soon end up in the dustbin of history, where it surely belongs, but the Jewish people will endure and, indeed, dance on the grave of yet another polite form of Christian anti-Semitism.

  • I might be wrong about this, but it seems to me that merely expressing disappointment is not enough.

    The BDS movement is working to wipe *** ALL *** of Israel off-the-map, and it is ultimately controlled by genocidal Islamic terrorists who want to kill *** ALL JEWS ***, ALL AROUND THE WORLD, after they are finished wiping Israel off-the-map, G_d forbid.

    We Jews are fighting for our lives, and for the lives of our children and grandchildren. Therefore, merely expressing disappointment is not enough.

    Orthodox Jews must use the power-of-prayer to fight the jihadists and all the enemies of the Jewish people.

    Another way is for all Jews to learn some kind of self-defense.

    Another way is to become active in pro-Israel organizations, for example: