The United Methodist Church will consider a resolution to divest from the Israeli occupation at its general conference in April in Tampa, FL. The campaign inside the church is a response to Palestinian Christians who two years ago made a call to churches around the world, communicating the strife of living under Israeli occupation. The call functioned as a jumping off point for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).
Now, 140 Israelis have signed onto the call from Palestinian Christians, known as the Kairos Palestine document. Supporting the United Methodist Church resolution, one 24-year-old Israeli photographer explains:
A decision to divest may sound harsh at first, and that quite a few misconceptions exist concerning the initiative we would like to offer our view.
What follows in the video, is several young Israelis, mostly students, urging clergy to join the United Methodist Church in endorsing BDS:
We are convinced that measures such as this do not target Israeli, Jewish or any other individual, but rather companies that profit from Israel’s military occupation, its violations to international law and human rights. We believe that the proposed United Methodist divestment resolution is therefore extremely responsible and worthy.
The Methodist church will host its general conference spring 2012, where clergy will debate a resolution to divest from three companies profiting off of the Israeli occupation.