Video: 140 Israelis endorse Methodist church’s upcoming divestment resolution

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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.

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  1. Pamela Olson
    January 27, 2012, 12:37 pm

    Hooray for the Methodists! Always an open-minded crowd, much less stiff and hypocritical than most.

    We have a joke in our home town: What’s the difference between a Baptist and a Methodist?

    A Methodist will speak to you if you run into him at the liquor store.

    (All in good fun… I’m sure they have “meth” jokes about us.)

  2. Les
    January 27, 2012, 1:01 pm

    From a letter to the editor in today’s Newsday in support of the ordination of women by the Catholic Church:

    “Yes. Jesus selected males for his first priests: 12 male Palestinian Jews. Does that mean all priests must be male Palestinian Jews?”

  3. seafoid
    January 27, 2012, 6:17 pm

    The mainstream US protestant churches are very impressive in their commitment to human rights and the Methodists and Presbyterians deserve support for this. However far too many of the do-it-yourself/ make up your own Christianity/ Jesus wants you to be rich/ The US can do no wrong breakaway churches that have proliferated since the 60s are a joke.

    But I suppose that’s the cause and effect when the country spends more on incarceration that it does on education. H/t J Live

  4. Justice Please
    January 29, 2012, 6:26 pm

    I applaud the Israelis who support this move. May they procreate faster than the settlers :-)

  5. Vacy
    March 10, 2012, 4:17 am

    Fantastic! Israeli voices supporting BDS are the most powerful and influential.

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