To stop the defamation of the Jewish people... to secure justice and fair treatment to all
Anti-Defamation League ABOUT ADL FIND YOUR LOCAL ADL DONATE CONTACT US PRESS CENTER

Sign Up For One Of Our Newsletters
Press ReleaseIsrael / Middle-East
RULE
United Church of Christ's Israel Divestment Action "Troubling"; Contravenes Months of Interfaith Dialogue

New York, NY, July 6, 2005 The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is troubled and dismayed that the leadership of the United Church of Christ (UCC) has adopted an "economic leverage" resolution against Israel, while at the same time calling on Israel to "tear down" its West Bank security barrier.

Despite months of discussions with Jewish leaders concerned about the implications of any divestment vote against Israel, the Church's General Synod nevertheless adopted resolutions yesterday in Atlanta to support such action.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, and Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor, ADL Director of Interfaith Affairs issued the following statement:

We are dismayed because what we are hearing on the ground from the people in the pews is that they were seeking a more balanced approach that would not single out Israel, but also include the Palestinian Authority.  The United Church of Christ leadership has chosen to ignore these voices and put forth a resolution that broadens economic leverage to specifically include divestment, while calling on their individual churches and members to consider divestment tactics.

It is deeply troubling that the UCC leadership has taken such an aggressive stance against Israel by analogizing the occupation to violence and calling on Israel to "tear down the Wall."  That kind of overheated rhetoric unfairly demonizes Israel while significantly downplaying the four-year campaign of Palestinian terrorism that goes to the heart of Israel's security measures in the West Bank and Gaza.

It is disappointing and disturbing that while assuring us of the importance of interfaith dialogue, the UCC leadership has taken actions that ignore the primary concerns of the Jewish community, especially at a time when the Israelis are taking painful steps toward peace, including disengagement from Gaza. 

We acknowledge that the UCC has spoken out against anti-Semitism and recognized Israel's right to safe and secure existence.


The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.



Additional Press Release Categories

ADDITIONAL LINKS
•   Print This Page
•  
•   Additional Press Releases
•   Recent Israel / Middle-East Press Releases
•   Israel / Middle-East Press Release Archive
Contact Information
Press Inquiries
RELATED ARTICLES
UCC Divestment Proposal Deeply Troubling (02/15/05)
Mainline Protestant Leaders Urged to Reject Divestment (11/29/04)
Presbyterians Discuss Divestment with Jewish Community
 
Home | Search | About ADL | Contact ADL | Privacy Policy

2005 Anti-Defamation League