To our Presbyterian friends,
As you decide whether to align your investments with your values, thousands of Jews from all across the United States, Israel, and elsewhere are raising our voices to offer you our support. We remind you that we share the same values–a belief in justice and equality, and a strong conviction that as long as one nation occupies another, neither can enjoy true peace and security.
We are asking you to stand by your principles and to divest from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett-Packard, three companies that profit from the Israeli occupation.
Being a true friend to the Jewish people requires from you helping us put an end to an occupation that is neither good for the occupied Palestinian nor for the occupying Israeli.
We are proud to stand with you. These are our voices. We share with you our witness for justice of the last two years, since before the last General Assembly and up until today.
“In my opinion, the issue of Israel – Palestine is the one area in which true interfaith cooperation tends to break down. However, if we are to use the prophetic model as a guide for Jewish-Christian relations, then our communities cannot shirk from sharing hard truths with one another. Just as the Jewish community has not hesitated to hold the Christian community to task for any number of historical issues, I do not expect the Christian community to shrink from fully speaking its mind on the issue of Israel – Palestine. We cannot and should not dance around this issue. To my mind, there is simply too much at stake.”
— Rabbi Brant Rosen, read more
“The decision to divest from the occupation is also critically important for Jews everywhere.
All too often, when a non-Jewish group or individual, speaks out against blatantly unjust Israeli policies and actions, they are accused of acting on that unreasoning hatred of Jews and Judaism that is commonly called anti-Semitism.
Anti-semitism, like all forms of oppression, seeks to lump all Jews together and assign us a set of characteristics–some negative, some positive. In the lumping, we are made less human, no longer seen as individuals with our own individual lives and characteristics. Saying that all Jews support Israel unconditionally is in itself a kind of anti-Semitism, then, as it denies us the right to form our own opinions, beliefs, and relationships with Israel as whole people.
Issuing a moral rebuke such as a targeted divestment shows a respect for Jews, and others that support Israeli policies, that is fundamentally incompatible with anti-Semitism. Such an act is predicated on the belief that the recipients of the rebuke are capable of reevaluating their actions and turning onto a more just path.”
— Rabbi Alissa Wise, read more