by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
By popular demand, below is a list of over 100 U.S. Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Victories, released to commemorate ten years since Palestinian civil society issued the call for BDS.
The BDS Movement celebrated a victory at the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly this weekend in Saskatoon, with an overwhelming majority of delegates supporting a resolution on that encourages BDS. With 350 delegates in attendance only one person opposed the resolution.
This resolution is in part a response to the 2009 Kairos Document that was prepared by Palestinian Christians in Palestine asking their global Christian brothers and sisters to show their solidarity with them through Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. The Mennonite resolution laments the violence in Israel and Palestine and repents its complicity in anti-Semitism and structures of colonialism that oppress Indigenous people in Canada. The resolution commits the Mennonite Church to further education on what is happening in Israel and Palestine, in addition its concluding demands are:
In gratitude for the courageous witness and call to action issued by Kairos Palestine, church movements in southern Africa, Central and South America, Asia and Europe have responded to the Palestinian call ''A moment of Truth'', issuing their own statements of faith and calls to action in response to the Palestinian document and in witness to the injustices in their own national contexts.
17 Churches around the U.S. have signed a pledge to become HP-Free after calls from Palestinian Christians to boycott.
July 19, 2017 — Seventeen churches around the United States, representing seven different denominations, have signed a pledge to boycott Hewlett-Packard (HP), joining an international boycott movement meant to pressure the tech company into ending its complicity in Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians.
The leadership of CAIC among other South African churches and Christian leaders, including Bishop Ngcana, recently returned from a solidarity trip to Palestine. On his return Bishop Ngcana explained that: “The church leadership found Israeli abuses of Palestinian human rights to be appalling. Israel has mastered well from the South African apartheid regime and actually surpassed its architect, Hendrik Verword, through its design and application!”
The United Church of Christ -- one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States -- on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of divesting from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and boycotting goods produced in these territories.
Over the weekend, the Presbyterian Church USA endorsed a slate of resolutions reaffirming the 1.7-million strong denomination’s commitment to Palestinian rights.At its last national conference in 2014, the church’s decision-making assembly voted to divest from Caterpillar,Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions, companies that profit from and assist Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian people.
This year, a resolution calling on the real estate company RE/MAX to stop selling properties in Israeli settlements is one of five measures that garnered overwhelming support within the church.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) is pulling millions of dollars in investments out of three U.S. companies tied to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
On Dec. 11, 2009, Palestinian Christians issued a heartfelt, sober, prayerful, urgent cry for help to end the U.S.-backed Israeli occupation. Their Kairos document was called: "A Moment of Truth: A Word of Faith, Hope and Love from the Heart of Palestinian Suffering."
Ali Abunimah The $20-billion pension fund of the United Methodist Church has divested from two Israeli banks and excluded five major Israeli banks from future investments.The move by the US church’s pension fund manager Wespath was taken under its ethical investment policy, as Israel falls among the “high risk” countries it has identified for “a prolonged and systematic pattern of human rights abuses.”
The heads of Palestine’s major Christian traditions recently met with leaders from 24 church denominations for a two-day summit in Atlanta featuring an address by former president Jimmy Carter.Leaders of Palestine’s Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Armenian and Lutheran churches participated.The historic gathering, hosted by The Carter Center, culminated in a statement committing those assembled “to act for justice and peace in the Holy Land.”
صدر في النصف الثاني من شهر آب/أغسطس 2013 في بريطانيا بيان هام وقّعه عشرات القادة والقسس المسيحيين بعنوان "حان وقت العمل:إجابة بريطانية مسيحية على وثيقة وقفة حق الفلسطينية". البيان من 35 صفحة فيه مواقف هامة منددة بتاريخ الدولة البريطانية في فلسطين ومؤيّدة لحركة المقاطعة العالمية لإسرائيل. وقد ساهم في كتابتها ومراجعتها عشرات الأشخاص خلال 12 شهرا.
غبطة البطريرك الكاردينال مار بشارة الراعي
تحيّةً طيّبةً وبعد،
فقد فوجئنا بقراركم زيارةَ الأراضي المقدّسة، الواقعةِ تحت سيطرة الكيان الصهيونيّ، وذك ضمن وفدٍ بابويّ، بين يوميْ 24 و26 أيّار، و"لأسباب رعويّة". وأحببنا أن نوجّه إليكم الأسئلة الآتية، آملين في أن تفكّروا فيها عميقًا:
1ـ هل الاهتمام بالرعيّة/السجينة لا يكون إلّا بزيارتها وتقديمِ البركات إليها في سجنها؟ أمْ تراه يمكن أن يتمّ، وربّما بشكلٍ أفضل وأفعل، من خلال العمل على تحريرها من سجنها وسجّانيها، بمختلف الوسائل، ومن ضمنها الوسائلُ غيرُ العنفيّة التي تبنّاها مناضلون مؤمنون (كنسيون وغير كنسيين) عبر التاريخ؟
قادة مسيحيون في العالم يلبون نداء "وقفة حقّ" و يؤيّدون حركة مقاطعة إسرائيل.
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