The lack of recognition of Israel as a Jewish state in the United Church of Canada’s final resolution affirming a partial boycott of Israeli goods has raised the ire of Jewish and Christian critics.
On Friday, the church’s general council, meeting in Ottawa, gave final approval to a boycott of Israeli goods coming out of the occupied territories. How the boycott would work has still to be determined.
The resolution also offers a mea culpa for an earlier church policy that insisted Palestinians should accept the Jewish nature of Israel as a prerequisite for peace negotiations.
Bruce Gregersen, a minister and a member of the Church’s Working Group on Israel-Palestine Policy, said the acceptance of a Jewish state is in a fuller report released in May that was used as the basis for the four-page resolution that was debated this week.
“There’s no easy answer to why it…
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