Victory: First HP-Free Church!
(Posted by FOSNA, December 10, 2016)
Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz, California, voted to become HP-free! This incredible display of faith in action demonstrates principled solidarity with the Palestinian people, immigrants, and those detained in the United States’ mass incarceration system.
Peace United has pledged that until Hewlett Packard (HP) ends its complicity in the illegal Israeli occupation and ceases to profit from the violation of Palestinian human rights, it will not buy HP products, including printers, computers, and ink. In doing so, it joins the Presbyterian Church, Unitarian Universalists, United Church of Christ, Quaker Friends Fiduciary, and Alliance of Baptists who have all divested from HP at the denominational level. In total, these organizations represent over 15,000 U.S. congregations and the potential for millions of dollars in buying power to be withdrawn from Hewlett-Packard.
Unitarian Universalist Association Divests from Companies Profiting from Israel’s Occupation of Palestinian Territories
Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) welcomes the recent decision of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to divest from several companies involved in human rights abuses and environmental degradation.
The Iona Community has published a Position Statement on Israel/Palestine.
This is a response to the call of Palestinian Christians in the 2009 Kairos Palestine document, and timed to mark the upcoming centenary of the Balfour Declaration.
The Statement makes clear the Iona Community's challenge to Christian Zionism as 'a distortion of the Christian faith, in its abuse of scripture to oppress Palestinian people'. It commits the Iona Community to the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel as 'an act of nonviolent solidarity, pursuing equality, freedom, and justice' undertaken 'in obedience to Jesus' teaching to love our enemies whilst resisting evil'. It also calls for an apology from Britain for the 1917 Balfour Declaration and its role in dispossessing Palestinians of their land.
Pax Christi: Call for a new Israeli-Palestinian peace process
The International Catholic Peace Movement, Pax Christi, has called for "a renewed commitment to end the violence and to reach a just and sustainable solution guaranteeing the fundamental rights of both Israelis and Palestinians in accordance with international law." -
This statement is significant in its list of ten actions, including ending violations of international law, ending the occupation and dismantling the barriers, recognizing the right of return, full equality of Arab-Palestinian citizens, support for non-violent resistance in peace building and acknowledging the potential role of BDS in the peace process.
See more at: https://goo.gl/vgFHJ2
Statement from the Commission for Justice and Peace ASSEMBLY OF THE CATHOLIC ORDINARIES OF THE HOLY LAND
We continue to cry out like the prophets did “Until when oh Lord” (cf. Habbakuk 1:2, Zechariah 1:12, Revelation 6:10). We repeat again that we, as disciples of Christ, condemn violence on all sides. Violence is violence and only begets more violence. We, as created in the image and likeness of our Father, need to learn another way to solve the conflict.
Why has this conflict gone on for so long? Is it really so complicated?
The web site of the Presbyterian Israel Palestine Mission Network.
The web site of the United Methodist Church's action in response to the Kairos Palestine call.
The web site of the Palestine Israel Network of the Episcopalian Church