The past year was an especially difficult one for Palestinians, and for those working for peace and justice in the Holy Land. In 2014 we witnessed another round of failed peace talks, another horrific war in Gaza, an escalation of revenge killings, and continuation of illegal settlements and home demolitions in the West Bank. In the wake of these heart-breaking stories, Kairos USA Executive Director Mark Braverman encourages the U.S. church to re-commit to the creative resistance called for in the Kairos Palestine document "A Moment of Truth." Mark believes the grassroots practices and protests now being used to call attention to inequality in American society can also help us reshape American policy toward Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories. Read the entire blog.
American church support for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) could get a significant boost when the United Church of Christ (UCC) convenes this June in Cleveland, Ohio. Delegates to the UCC General Synod meeting will have a chance to vote on a Resolution of Witness that calls for divesting from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, The resolution also advocates for boycotting products produced in such territories by Israeli companies. If approved by the Synod delegates, it would be an historic affirmation by the UCC for Palestinian justice.
Diane Dulin, our Director of Church Participation and Denominational Relations, is an active member of the UCC Palestine-Israel Network, the group that authored and is promoting passage of the resolution. Diane writes in more detail about this momentous UCC effort in her recent blog.
Kairos USA is dedicated to helping mobilize the U.S. church in response to the Palestinian Christian call for justice and human rights. Learn more.
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