Statement in response to the proposed overtures (resolutions) at the PC(USA) General Assembly
Divestment - AS PREPARED PC USA June 19,
2014 Rabbi Rick
Mr. Moderator. As the leader of millions of North American Jews, I
can say that the overwhelming majority of American Jews support two states for two peoples. This is the only way for the
conflict between Palestinians and Israelis to end. And I am proud to say
that our Reform Movement has a long-standing policy
of opposition to the Israeli settlements.
We see how the occupation causes pain and hardship to Palestinians every
we oppose divestment and BDS because it undermines the
two-state solution we so desperately need.
Even more importantly to Jews, BDS is an effort to delegitimize
the very existence of Israel. Though we
may disagree with specific policies of the Israeli government, we are deeply committed
to Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people.
0404 tries to separate divestment from Boycott Divestment Sanctions, but it
can't be done, especially in the climate of opinion created by Zionism Unsettled. The document, which is
being sold through your online church store, is a vicious attack on Judaism, the Jewish people and the State of Israel. A vote for divestment
will cause a painful rift with the great majority of the Jewish community.
there is another option. I am flying to
Israel tonight. I would like to invite Moderator Heath Rada
and Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons to join me for a meeting I will arrange next
week in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Netanyahu to express our deeply shared
concerns. If we are truly partners and you disapprove this divestment overture
I look forward to sitting with your leadership in the Prime Minister's office
in Jerusalem. You can chose
partnership and engagement or you can choose separation and divestment.
should be partners in leading the interfaith world. These high level meetings are only the
beginning of our faith communities working together for a two state solution.
We are against settlements.
We are for a two-state solution, but
we can't fight alone.
We need each other,
and if you choose partnership over divestment
and BDS, together we can change the world.