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July 4, 2017 10:13 am

United Church of Christ Condemns Israel for Alleged Mistreatment of Palestinian Children

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Palestinian boys raising their hands during a class in September 2011 at a UNRWA school in Gaza. Photo: UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan.

JNS.org – The United Church of Christ (UCC) — one of the largest mainline Protestant churches in America, with 915,000 members — overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning Israel for its alleged mistreatment of Palestinian children.

The resolution, titled “A Call for the United Church of Christ to Advocate for the Rights of Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation,” was approved Sunday at the UCC synod in Baltimore, with 79 percent voting in favor, 13 percent against and 9 percent abstaining.

The measure calls for “attention to the plight of children suffering under Israel’s prolonged military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza.” It claims Palestinian children are “living with constant fear of arrest, detention, and violence at the hands of Israeli forces.”

The UCC’s move is the latest in a series of anti-Israel stances taken by the Protestant denomination. In 2015, the UCC overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s “occupation” or control in the disputed territories, as well as a boycott of products from Israeli settlements.

Rabbi Noam Marans, the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) director of interreligious and intergroup relations, said the latest UCC resolution was “deeply disappointing” and continued “a trajectory dictated by the BDS movement, accusing Israel exclusively of human rights violations and preventing the end of the conflict.”

According to the AJC, the UCC’s resolutions ignore how Palestinian leaders continue to support violence against Israel, including through school textbooks and paramilitary camps for children.

“The real solution to problems of necessary detention of children who commit acts of violence is a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians that leads to two states for two peoples,” said Marans. “The latest UCC resolution does nothing to advance the possibility of peace. Rather, by continuing to demonize Israel, UCC supports those who oppose peace.”

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  • Judy Strain

    If children are being harmed, or tortured, or kidnapped from their homes, then it is terribly wrong.
    There is no way around that.

  • Euripedes_Smythe

    The far left UCC supports the far right Fascists of the PA. Seems to validate my theory that the scale of political viewpoints is really a circle and not a straight line. So far left meets far right (e.g., Hitler roughly analogous to Stalin) and both are 180 degrees removed from the democratic mainstream. A plague on both of those extremes and a blessing on true democracies such as Israel and the U.S.

  • Andrew Stewart

    Anti Torah religious bigots, who are always looking for a speck in someone elses eye.

  • Tom

    Pay this corrupt denomination no mind. The UCC, PCUSA, Methodists, Lutheran, Episcopalians and other mainline protestant denominations are all part of the Laodicean Church mentioned by Messiah in the Book of Revelation. Christ literally spits them out of His mouth and they have no part in the Kingdom Age.