A pro-Israel organization is condemning The United Church of
Canada (UCC) for its recent vote to boycott Israeli products.
The United Church of Canada voted August 17 to boycott products
from Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Dr. Roberta Seid,
education research director for Los Angeles-based StandWithUs,
reports the resolution also states that UCC regrets its past
request that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
"It's shocking that the UCC would endorse such a
bigoted policy," she responds. "Nobody knows where future borders
between Israel in the West Bank will be; that can only be
determined by direct negotiations between the Palestinians and
Israelis. So why would the UCC call for collective punishment of
Israeli Jews who live in West Bank communities that most peace
proposals have assumed will be on the Israeli side of a future
The UCC resolution notes support for the Kairos document, which
stems from replacement theology -- the idea that the
church has replaced the nation of Israel.
Dr. Seid adds that the UCC resolution affirms many Palestinian
beliefs that deny Jews rights, and it blames Israeli occupation as
the source for the ongoing violence in the Middle East.