Independent Jewish Voices commends United Church for finalizing stand against Israeli occupation
“Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) congratulates the United Church of Canada for finalizing its decision to boycott goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem,” says Sid Shniad, the group’s spokesperson.
“Facing charges of bias and anti-Semitism for even considering such action, Church members assembled at their triennial national conference went out of their way to make it clear that they were not acting against Israel or Jews, but rather taking a focused stand against Israel’s decades-old occupation of Palestinian territory,” Shniad continued.
“By taking this stand, the Church has joined a growing movement of faith-based organizations, trade unions, and other groups in Canada and around the world that are boycotting Israel’s illegal settlements. They are making it clear that it is not anti-Semitic to criticize Israel. In fact, levying such criticism and taking such action should be seen as a moral imperative. We look forward to working with Church members to move this important human rights work forward,” said Shniad.
IJV spokesperson Rabbi David Mivasair echoed Shniad’s remarks, explaining that “We are grateful to the United Church for taking this careful and principled stand. We endorse its thoughtful recommendations for ethical action to support justice for both Palestinians and Israelis.”