United Church of Canada's Israel boycott ignores 'real impediments' to Mideast peace, Jewish group says

(JNS.org) Canada’s largest protestant church, the United Church of Canada (UCC), recently approved a resolution to boycott several Israeli companies, a move that the Jewish group B'nai B'rith International said ignores the real issues of the Middle East.

The General Council of the United Church of Canada approved the boycott of the Israeli companies Keter Plastic, SodaStream and Ahava on May 6. The boycott by UCC stems from a wider campaign approved in August 2012 called “Unsettling Goods: Choose Peace in Palestine and Israel” which focuses on the “illegal Israeli settlements and the obstacles they pose for peace,” according to the church. The UCC intends to pressure Canadian businesses to refrain from selling products to the Israeli companies.

B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said in a statement May 30, “With Canada being such a principled supporter of Israel and of peace, it is distressing that the United Church of Canada would engage in the boycotting of Israeli companies and their products.”

“To pass this resolution is to attack Israel, and to single out the Jewish state for hostility while ignoring the real impediments to peace in the Middle East,” Jacobs added.

Posted on May 30, 2013 .