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Resolution Adopted by the CCAR
ECONOMIC ACTIONS INCLUDING DIVESTMENT AS OBSTACLES TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF MIDDLE EAST PEACE§
Adopted by the 116th Annual Convention
of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
BackgroundThe Reform rabbinate is deeply committed to supporting efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that will fulfill the national aspirations of the both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples within the context of peaceful co-existence and mutual recognition. These efforts would allow both peoples to live in peace, dignity and security, relieved of the suffering of generations of violence. Difficult compromises will be required for both sides to come to mutual agreement.
We deeply deplore efforts that blame Israel for the failure of the peace process or that seek to use economic actions against Israel, including singling out for shareholder actions or divestment, companies working in Israel. These shareholder efforts are more likely to hinder rather than advance the peace process. Israel.s adversaries may interpret them as endorsing continuation of their strategies of rejectionism and terror. In addition, the one-sided nature of these actions undermines their credibility. They resonate as discriminatory and conjure memories within the Jewish community of the anti-Israel boycott of past years. They also raise an inescapable and repugnant association with anti-Apartheid activities, thereby creating the perception that the sponsoring entities seek to de-legitimize the very existence of the state of Israel.
We note with pride the substantial role played by leaders of the Reform Movement in addressing these initiatives, both at the national level and within local communities. At the national level, following the distressing action of the Presbyterian Church (USA) on divestment, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Joint Commission on Interreligious Affairs have taken the lead in convening prominent interfaith leaders to convey our concerns and have provided helpful tools for local communities. Colleagues at the local level have reached out to clergy of different denominations to educate and sensitize them to our perspective on these troubling issues. These efforts have made a significant impact on the nature and course of the debate taking place in the interfaith arena.
Therefore be it resolved that the Central Conference of American Rabbis:
§ Adapted from a resolution drafted for the Jewish Council on Public Affairs 2005 Plenum