Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jim Wall: Churches should stop talking and start acting for justice

James Wall, contributing editor of The Christian Century, has had about enough of faith communities talking and talking about peace in the Middle East without taking any action. Wall has issued a call for U.S. churches to stop issuing resolutions and start putting pressure on Israel using the proven, effective tactics of boycott and divestment.
"This is not the time for U.S. denominations to keep debating inadequate, diluted, compromised resolutions on “peace in the Holy Land”. It is rather, kairos time, the moment to move against Israel’s apartheid dominance over four million Palestinians by embracing the non-violent strategy of BDS, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. Christian denominations have spent far too many years trapped in dreary hotel conference rooms working to “get along” with one another by approving meaningless resolutions that fooled few and excited none. Resolution time has far outlived its expiration date. It is time to join a growing number of justice-oriented communities and take direct action against Israel’s oppressive actions against an oppressed people."
Wall's article is timely. With Israeli professor Neve Gordon's recent LA Times op-ed raising the profile of BDS in the United States, a British bank divesting from settlements, and a UK firefighters union calling for a boycott of Israel, the time is ripe for involvement in the BDS movement. (Keep up with the latest in boycott, divestment, and sanctions news by clicking here). Luckily, you don't have to wait for institutions to change for you to get involved with the BDS movement. You can join the US Campaign's ongoing BDS work against Caterpillar and Motorola, check out our BDS resources, and educate others about this effective and time-tested tactic for creating social change. As more of us join the movement, we'll be able to mobilize more pressure to get faith communities, universities and colleges, labor unions, and other institutions to use their economic power to push for justice and human rights in Israel/Palestine. James Wall thinks it's time to stop talking so much and start taking action for justice. And although those of us here at the US Campaign come from a wide variety of faith and secular backgrounds, we couldn't agree more.