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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.