United Church votes against national BDS, encourages local initiatives to end the occupation

The Commission of the United Church, currently meeting at its 40th General Council in Kelowna, BC has voted against a call for a national economic boycott of Israel but encourages all levels of the church to study ways to end the occupation of the Palestinian territories. It has also recommended further study into the use of a BDS campaign in support of the Palestinian people.

“We’ve asked the general-secretary of General Council to begin a process of study, discernment, prayer around the use of a number of means to end the occupation, which may include also further consideration of an economic boycott and come back to the 41st General Council with a recommendation,” explained Rev. Bruce Gegersen, the general council officer, programs with the United Church.

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