B'nai B'rith Commends Episcopal Church For Continuing To Oppose Punitive Economic Measures Against Israel
B’nai B’rith International welcomes the decision by the Episcopal Church in the United States not to align with a campaign to single out Israelis and companies doing business with Israel for punitive measures. On July 2, the church's House of Bishops overwhelmingly voted down a resolution promoting anti-Israel divestment and boycotts at the church’s General Convention in Salt Lake City.
While a number of religious denominations have faced aggressive campaigning for anti-Israel pressure tactics, the Episcopal Church has declined to adopt such forms of economic warfare against one party to one tragic and complex conflict.
By continuing to prefer responsibility to simplistic partisanship, American Episcopalians and so many Christians worldwide signal their interest in encouraging genuine calm, dialogue and reconciliation.
Discrimination, stridency and hostility have no place in a healthy Christian-Jewish relationship and in pursuing a lasting, comprehensive Middle East peace.
B’nai B’rith International condemns the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) adoption of a Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) resolution against Israel. The church’s governing assembly voted on June 30 to divest from various businesses deemed tied to Israeli policies of which the motion's promoters disapprove.
The resolution passed by a 508-124 vote. A wildly disproportionate share of proposed UCC resolutions were negatively fixated on Israel, while ignoring urgent needs elsewhere in the Middle East and beyond.
This iteration of the BDS campaign dangerously perpetuates a one-sided, distorted view of the conflict. The punitive resolution does not once mention the terrorist organization committed to Israel’s demise, Hamas—a monumental omission that ignores the on-the-ground realities.
The BDS movement is defined by the rejection of Israel's right to survive as a Jewish democratic state in the ancestral Jewish homeland. It directs discrimination and double standards at the Jewish state alone, and further denies the right of Israelis to self-defense while they face relentless, violent fanaticism.
This resolution only further fuels a hateful movement that, if truly concerned with peace, would be focusing its energies on bringing the two sides together for a genuine, comprehensive two-state solution.
B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith denounces Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s reportedly invoking Nazi atrocities to support his virulently anti-gay views.
In the aftermath of the landmark Supreme Court decision granting marriage equality to gay and lesbian couples, Moore responded to an Al.com reporter’s question about enforcing the notable decision. He told the reporter that enforcing the Supreme Court ruling is akin to following the immoral orders of the Nazis.
It is disgraceful to use Nazi imagery to invoke a political or social view. Comparing the systemic attempt to annihilate an entire population to a peaceful Supreme Court decision minimizes the very magnitude of the Nazis’ maniacal efforts to murder Jews, gays and others across Europe and eventually, they hoped, the world.
Moore told the reporter: “Could I do this if I were in Nuremberg [at the war crimes trials after World War II], say that I was following the orders of the highest authority to kill Jews? ... Could I say I was ordered to do so?"
Told by the reporter that: "killing human beings, not gay marriage," was the focus of the Nuremberg trials, Moore reportedly asked: "Is there a difference?"
This shameful, inappropriate comparison trivializes both the unique atrocity that was the Holocaust as well as the momentous equality decision by the Supreme Court.