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July 1, 2015 9:56 am

United Church of Christ Passes Resolution to Divest From Israel

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The United Church of Christ passed a resolution to divest from companies that do business with Israel. Photo: Screenshot.

The United Church of Christ passed a resolution to divest from companies that do business with Israel. Photo: Screenshot.

JNS.org – The United Church of Christ (UCC) on Tuesday passed a resolution that calls for divestment from companies that do business with Israel at its General Synod in Cleveland.

The vote—508 in favor and 124 against, with 38 abstentions—culminates a process that began in 2005 “to end the Church’s complicity in Israel’s nearly half-century-old occupation and other abuses of Palestinian human rights,” according to a press release from UCC’s Palestine-Israel Network.

“As disciples of Jesus, we hear and seek to heed his call to be peacemakers, responding to violence with nonviolence and extending love to all,” said Rev. John Deckenback, Conference Minister of the Central Atlantic Conference of the UCC, which submitted the resolution to the synod. “It is in that spirit of love for both Israelis and Palestinians, and a desire to support Palestinians in their nonviolent struggle for freedom, that the United Church of Christ has passed this resolution.”

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The resolution follows in the footsteps of Presbyterian Church USA, which last year voted to divest from Israel. Two other mainline churches, the Episcopal Church and Mennonite Church USA, are also considering divestment votes this week.

Tuesday’s divestment vote was quickly condemned by Jewish and pro-Israel organizations.

“The UCC’s one-sided view of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process singles out Israel and, shockingly, ignores any Palestinian accountability,” said Rabbi Noam Marans, the American Jewish Committee’s Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations.

In addition to the divestment measure, a UCC resolution describing Israel as an “apartheid” state gained a majority, but failed to amass the two-thirds affirmative vote it needed to pass.

“Anti-Israel extremists within the UCC advanced these anti-Israel measures through deceptive rhetoric and tactics, and despite opposition from respected members of the synod,” the Israel education group StandWithUs said, adding that the measures “severely damaged the UCC’s relationship with the vast majority of the Jewish community.”

Dexter Van Zile, Christian media analyst for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, noted that the UCC synod “did not offer one word of solace or support to Christians and other religious minorities suffering in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East.”

“How can a responsible organization remain silent about what’s happening to the Assyrians, to the Yazidis, and what the Copts endured in Egypt when [president Mohammed] Morsi was in power? The silence is criminal, simply criminal,” Van Zile told JNS.org.

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  • E Pluribus Wombat

    If it were possible to ban all officers in that organization from entering Israel, for life, I would endorse that.

  • esther noodelman

    THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST FORGETS THAT THEIR MAIN ENEMY,THE JEWS,ARE THE ONLY ONES IN THE MIDDLE EAST SAVING CHRISTANS IN BETHLEHEM.THEIR ANTI-SEMITIC BEHAVIOUR DOES NOT STOP THE ARABS FROM KILLING THE CHRISTIANS. DISGUSTING BEHAVIOUR FOR PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO BE MORAL!!

  • DACON9

    CHURCH CANNOT,CANNOT recognize ISRAEL.
    if IT DOES THEN IT GOES AGAINST ITS OWN DECREE
    THAT Israel WILL NEVER EXIST AGAIN
    AND THEY, THE XTIANS HAVE REPLACED THE JEWS.

    This is why Vatican poop blessed hamas and abbas
    thinking…your enemy is my enemy and we are therefore friends…
    Vatican poop is hoping that arabs will wipe ISRAEL off the earth to prove the xtian doctrines.
    Then the xtians will war against the arabs
    Then they will join sides against the world and t he last man standing is the victor.

    NOW YOU CAN REVERSE THE ORDERS OF DECIMATION THAT I PRESENTED ABOVE…

    BUT AS THE ONE ONY G-D THE CREATOR,
    ‘G-D ALONE NOT OF FLESH SAID
    “”I WILL NEVER LEAVE ISRAEL MY SPECIAL CHILDREN””
    ALL THE NATIONS THAT DO NOT ACCEPT ME WILL MELT,
    ONLY THE RIGHTOUS FEW WILL SURVIVE.
    check it out..but not with a so called reformed/deformed/conservative sources who altered and edited ”G-DS WORDS”
    CHECK IT OUT
    YOU GENDERED CORRECTED GUITAR PLAYING LESBIAN/HOMOSEXUAL/
    LIBERAL BLEEDING HEARTS TOLERANT FOR THE INTOLERANT
    HAMAS LOVING IDOL WORSHIPPING INSECURE PEOPLE….lolol

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