07 - Social Justice and International Policy
Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church continues to support the right of Israel to exist, and reaffirms its support of Israel to be able to live in peace, security and harmony with its neighbors, free from fear of attack from those who would threaten its existence; and also deplores and laments that Israel’s Occupation of 4.4 million Palestinians with its stifling policies of restricted movement, arbitrary arrests and detentions, house demolitions, uprooting of agricultural land, the building of illegal Jewish settlements, the construction of a barrier on Palestinian land, and the blockade and control of Gaza undermines Israel’s credibility in the eyes of the international community as Israel denies the civil and human rights of the Palestinian people to live in security and freedom from oppression; and be it further
Resolved, That we deplore failure of negotiations to end the conflict which was scuttled by the Israeli settler movement and the Likud government’s acquiescence according to the US mediator, and the resultant 57 day Gaza/Israel war which claimed the lives of over 2,000 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 74 Israelis (8 civilians) which has shocked the world with its impact on innocent children and families; and be it further
Resolved, That recognizing our Church’s investments in certain companies may be supporting the infrastructure of the Occupation, we embrace Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s observation that the powerful will only come to the negotiating table if economic pressure is applied, the Convention thereby adopts a policy of selective divestment or a No Buy policy of any holdings in Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard and Motorola Solutions until such time that the conflict is resolved through a just outcome for Palestinians and all Israelis or that these companies take action to disinvest from their involvement in the Occupation; and be it further
Resolved, That all Episcopalians be urged to pray and work for peace in the Holy Land, so that the Jewish and Palestinian people may come together in a spirit of reconciliation built on a foundation of justice as preached by Christ, who read from Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, … He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed”; and be it further
Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be sent to these companies along with a conveying letter and that the Church’s money managers be instructed to implement this policy and that this resolution also be sent to other church investors, including the Church Pension Fund, which are urged to follow this policy.