On February 18 the United Church was named in a national CBC article discussing a government motion condemning non-violent economic advocacy directed at the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian lands. Our Moderator sent a letter of concern to the government, saying in part,
“…We urge you and your Government to be part of global efforts to promote a non-violent, negotiated end to the occupation and a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis. The United Church of Canada does not describe itself as being part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. However, we do hold strong commitments to democratic rights and freedoms, which include the right of citizens to engage in constructive critique of both Canadian as well as foreign governments. The United Church of Canada stands in solidarity with groups and individuals exercising this right in nonviolent, peaceful ways. We urge you to stand firmly for democracy and defeat this motion.”
The vote was held Monday and unfortunately, the motion passed.
In April, Saskatchewan churches will have a timely opportunity to learn more about this ongoing debate, when a workshop series on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories will come to several communities. Please watch upcoming Enotes for more information.