Israel’s continued expansion of settlements and destruction of Palestinian homes and farms must stop!
Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice, advocating Unitarian Principles, adopts a formal stance in favour of:
1) a boycott of products from companies, regardless of origin, that participate in Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories;
2) a cultural boycott in which performing artists refuse to perform in Israel until it ends the occupation; and
3) a ban on federal and provincial state-funded lending to for-profit companies operating in the Occupied Territories, and to any organization materially supporting the destruction of Palestinian homes or expansion of illegal settlements in the Occupied Territories.
The continued destruction of Palestinian homes and villages, and, since June 1967, the greatly increased expansion of Israeli settlements into the Occupied Territories–Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem–contravene international law. Thus, multinational and Israeli companies are violating international law by investing in or profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
On November 11th, 2015 the European Union issued new guidelines, requiring products from illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to carry the word “settlement” on the label.
“The CUSJ cannot sit idly by,” said Bill Woolverton, CUSJ Board member from Nanaimo, B.C. “Peace will not be possible if Palestinian children have no hope for the future,” noted Andy Blair, board member from Halifax.