Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy

We record with deep satisfaction and great appreciation the increasing prestige and growing effectiveness of the United Nations as an instrument for the establishment of One World. Though wedded by our historic prophetic traditions to the ideal of peace we support the vigorous action of the United Nations in resisting aggression with force and consider the armed forces of the United Nations in Korea as an international police force, enforcing international

Year Adopted: 
1950

Background

Globalization involves the increasing integration of economies across national borders, affecting goods and services, as well as ideas, information, and technology. Today, globalization is creating a qualitatively new economy, with the rules increasingly defined by international agencies such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, as well as the G-7/G-8 summits (the annual economic conferences of the world’s wealthiest countries).

"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof." We recognize certain basic truths about the human condition as foundations for our nation's approach to World problems.

Year Adopted: 
1968

Judaism has ever regarded the achievement of peace between men and nations as among the most divine of man's accomplishments. "Seek peace and pursue it," wrote the psalmist. "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore," proclaimed the prophet. And the rabbis of the Talmud added the priestly blessings that conclude with the words "and give thee peace," thus teaching that all blessings are of no avail unless accompanied by peace.

Year Adopted: 
1971

Background

Year Adopted: 
2003

The spiritual mandate of our prophetic Judaism compels us to translate into reality the sacred idea of the brotherhood of man and the Fatherhood of God. Judaism not only condemns all racial bigotry; it affirms the belief in the sanctity of man created in the image of God. Judaism thus places a moral responsibility upon its adherents to affirm the equality of all human beings as children of the One Universal God.

Year Adopted: 
1963

We salute the brave people of the Netherlands for demonstrating to the world once again their exceptional national character of dignity and moral courage in resisting Arab oil pressure and blackmail directed against them. We hope that their example of respect for justice and grace under pressure will inspire the American people to make every effort to conserve and reduce the usage of oil, gas, and other energy-giving products and to support government efforts to conserve energy, thus refusing to be coerced by Arab blackmail.

Year Adopted: 
1973

WHEREAS the International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted unanimously by the United Nations and signed by the United States in 1948 as a response to the unspeakable crimes committed by the Hitler regime before and during World War II;

WHEREAS the convention has as parties eighty-four nations, including almost every democracy in the world;

Year Adopted: 
1979

Background

Judaism teaches that the world is God's creation and all human beings are its stewards. The institutions of Reform Judaism have long supported humanitarian foreign aid to underdeveloped countries. We have also participated in private philanthropic efforts to assist the victims of starvation, earthquake, and disease in many parts of the worlds.

Year Adopted: 
1987

UAHC Executive Committee 
September 23, 2002 - Adopted

Background

The WUPJ mission to South America this past summer had the opportunity to meet with leaders and members of the Jewish community in Argentina.  The members of the mission included leaders of the WUPJ and the UAHC.  In order to alleviate the serious economic and social problems being experienced by the community in Argentina, the WUPJ, in concert with the Jewish community in Argentina, has identified projects and programs of assistance.

Endorsement

Year Adopted: 
2002