AJC condemns United Church of Christ (UCC) resolution criticizing Israel
NEW YORK, July 18, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The American Jewish Committee (AJC) condemns the General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) resolution titled “Declaration for a Just Peace between Palestine and Israel, adopted today by 462 votes to 78. The measure demonizes Israel, does not offer a credible path to Israeli-Palestinian peace and undermines progress in Judeo-Christian relations.
In a 3,500 word document, there is no mention of Hamas, which ruled Gaza since 2007, is committed to that of Israel destruction, opposes any peace initiative and, more recently, in May, fired thousands of indiscriminate rockets at that of Israel cities.
The resolution ignores troublesome truths in the history and context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; countless peace proposals and initiatives violently rejected by the Palestinians; and ongoing security threats Israel. In its accusations, the resolution uses terms like âsinâ and âapartheidâ. Resolution dangerously describes “oppression of the Palestinian people” and “unqualified oppression”that of Israel the occupation of Palestine “as motivated by theology.
âAt a time when Jews are being physically attacked around the world for their solidarity with Israel, suffering from a violence that clearly crosses the line of criticism of Israeli policies to blatant anti-Semitism, one might legitimately expect an American Christian church to be more careful in its judgments, âthe rabbi said Noam Marans, director of interreligious and intergroup relations of the AJJ.
“Where in this resolution for a” just peace “is it mentioned that of Israel relentless pursuit of peace for 73 years? âasked Marans.
One of the eleven resolutions considered by the UCC General Synod, it was the only international conflict or threat addressed by the assembly.
SOURCE American Jewish Committee