Religious Leaders See Hope in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement

Religious Leaders See Hope in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement

Father Jamal Khader Daibes, a Catholic Priest and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Bethlehem University in Palestine is one of 15 authors of Kairos Palestine from 2009, the document calls on “the international community to stand by the Palestinian people who have faced oppression, displacement, suffering and clear apartheid for more than six decades”.

Father Jamal says he sees hope in the steady work of the churches in Palestine and in divestment, specifically, he says, to support boycott, divestment and sanctions, which he calls “peaceful resistance”

Furthermore, in 2004 the Presbyterian General Assembly passed a resolution to begin the process of selective, phased divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation.

Rabbi Brant Rosen recently talked about his journey to support the BDS movement.

“If we believe their call is valid, that their oppression is real, then calling for popular support for a nonviolent resistance, which is a time-honoured way that oppressed peoples have resisted far more powerful parties, as in the Montgomery Bus Boycott during the civil rights movement, I think it is important to take this seriously”.

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