Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

South Africa

Adopted by the CCAR at the 87th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
1976

WHEREAS the government of the Republic of South Africa has consistently and blatantly ignored the rights of Black citizens even though they form a majority of its residents and has systematically sought to deny those citizens their self-evident right to their humanity, and

WHEREAS the full powers of a repressive police state have been brought to bear in a most violent and brutal fashion in order to suppress the natural desires for self-expression of Blacks in the Republic of South Africa, and

WHEREAS the Republic of South Africa has constantly supported and aided the government of Rhodesia in violation of a United Nations resolution, and

WHEREAS even seemingly innocent trade with the Republic of South Africa gives succor to its government and to the present regime in Rhodesia,

LET IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Central Conference of American Rabbis emphatically and without qualification disapproves of the policy of the Republic of South Africa and finds its present constitution and mode of establishment of its government repugnant and offensive to the sensibilities of humanity, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Central Conference of American Rabbis calls upon the government of the United States, indeed on all governments, to refrain from politically or militarily supporting the government of the Republic of South Africa and to embargo voluntarily trade between the U.S.A. and the Republic of South Africa.