At their gatherings this year, the Unitarian, Presbyterian, and Methodist churches
voted on resolutions regarding the Israeli occupation. FOSNA staff and volunteers
were on hand to encourage them to support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). When U.S. churches promote BDS, it sends
a strong moral statement to other organizations, religious and secular, that opposing Israeli apartheid means standing
up for justice.
The Unitarian Universalist delegates, at their general assembly in June, voted on a business resolution that would divest from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation: Motorola, G4S, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and HP Inc. The Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East have created a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about the resolution and why they support it.
At the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) general assembly, in Portland, Oregon, the Middle East and peace committees voted on overtures on Palestine and Israel, including a boycott of Hewlett Packard, a request that RE/MAX Corporation stop selling properties in illegal West Bank settlements, and a statement about supporting a two-state solution. The general assembly voted on overtures adopted by the committees. The Israel/Palestine Mission Network has compiled a plethora of information about the resolutions and the church’s history with regard to Palestine and Israel.
During the general conference in May of the United Methodist Church, delegates voted on five resolutions targeting Israeli settlements and companies benefitting from the occupation. See these additional resources for delegates.
How You Can Help
If you would like to help support church divestment initiatives in the future, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cascade of church response to the Palestinian call for divesment has just begun. We anticipate even greater church divestment in the coming years.