UPDATE: Consideration of the report will continue on Wednesday, August 15 and debate continues. Keep tweeting! Sid Shniad of Independent Jewish Voices Canada debated the UCC settlement boycott proposal on CBC’s Power and Politics on Tuesday evening, August 14. Watch the video here: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/
The United Church of Canada’s General Council will consider today (August 14) a report produced by its Working Group on Israel/Palestine, calling for the boycott of occupation products and goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
(To watch the live proceedings of the General Council, click here: http://www.gc41.ca/live)
The Working Group’s report may be found here: http://www.gc41.ca/
The United Church and its members have come under attack by right-wing groups like B’nai Brith and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs for considering this motion, and nine Canadian senators issued a statement demanding the UCC reject a settlement boycott.
However, many organizations from Jewish, Arab and Palestinian and other communities as well as United Church activists have been working to support the report and see it adopted as UCC policy.
For more information, please see United Network for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel (http://www.unjppi.org) and IJV Canada (http://ijvcanada.org). A great video supporting the report may be viewed:
Help support the resolution today by spreading the word on Twitter and social media! Please use the general UCC hashtag, #UCCAN and #gc41, and the hashtag #DivestForJustice. To tweet directly to the United Church, please use @UnitedChurchCan.
Sample tweets are below. Please be creative and share your own tweets!
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