Canadian Protestants: FOR SHAME I SRAEL, FOR SHAME!
Canada’s largest Protestant church has approved a recommendation to boycott goods produced in the I sraeli settlements located within the occupied Palestinian territories, Press TV reports.
The United Church of Canada made the decision on August 15 and approved a policy paper two days later at its 41st general council meeting in Ottawa.
The move aims to show Tel Aviv that the church considers I srael’s continued occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) as illegal, and wants the J ewish entity to stop settlement expansion on Palestinian lands.
This is while Canada's influential Z ionist lobby groups have insinuated that the United Church of Canada has declared itself to be anti-Semitic. The Canadian government has also voiced opposition to the boycott.
The church, however, maintains that its decision to boycott I sraeli products is guided by the international legal opinion, and the staunch anti-racist belief in the equality of humans.
Moreover, pro-Palestinian activists in the United Church of Canada argue that the injustice against Palestinians is so egregious that strong economic action against I srael is needed.
Activists say that the Canadian government should take a more balanced approach towards the I srael/Palestine conflict, and should not pardon I srael when it commits war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The United Church of Canada is the latest in a growing list of organizations around the world to have boycotted I sraeli products made on the occupied Palestinian territories.
I sraeli settlements are considered illegal by the UN and most countries because those territories were captured by I srael in a war in 1967, and are hence seen as being subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.
Not only has the presence and continued expansion of these settlements been a major source of international criticism but they are also considered one of the main obstacles to Middle East peace.
A number of industries have sprung up in the I sraeli settlements built on the occupied Palestinian lands, with products like cosmetics, beverages and plastics.