BDS

BDS

Press Release

The statement below is issued on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism by Rabbi Joshua Weinberg, URJ Vice President for Israel and Reform Zionism: "The URJ calls for the immediate release of American student Lara Alqasem, who has been detained by the Israeli government for over a week."

Press Release

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), issued the following statement today reacting to a vote taken on June 25th at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association defeating a resolution to support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel:

“I am pleased that the UUA did not adopt the resolution supporting BDS. Our two communities must continue to work toward creating justice and security for both Israel and a future Palestinian state. I look forward to working with the leadership of the UUA to strengthen those who are constructively building support for a just and secure resolution to this tragic conflict."

This weekend, the Unitarian Universalist Association voted to defeat a resolution to divest from Israel, a vote welcomed by the URJ's Rabbi Rick Jacobs. The following is the full text of Rabbi Jacobs’ remarks to the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly opening ceremony on June 22, three days prior to the vote.

Kate Bigam

This week’s clear decision by the United Methodist Church rejecting the efforts of those who misguidedly sought to draw the Church into the boycott, divestment, sanctions campaign to delegitimize Israel is a welcome step in support of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.