D019 Ending Church Complicity in the Occupation

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 79th General Convention reaffirm the prior action of General Convention, 1991-D122, "Distinguish Between Criticism of Israeli Policy and Anti-Jewish Prejudice," and be it further

Resolved, that General Convention continue its firm support for the right of Israel to exist in secure borders as established and recognized by the United Nations, but also continues its strong opposition to Israel’s occupation in perpetuity of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip which is now recognized by the United Nations as the sovereign state of Palestine; and be it further

Resolved, That in order to end the Episcopal Church’s complicity in the 51 year old occupation, the General Convention direct the Executive Council’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility to develop a human rights social criteria investment screen based on the social teachings of this Church and 70 years of Church policy on Israel/Palestine by General Convention and Executive Council as the basis for such a screen in the Israeli occupation of Palestine i.e., the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, and to present a recommendation to the Executive Council for action before the end of 2020 2019, and be it further

Resolved, that the 79th General Convention urge dioceses and worshipping communities to consider developing similar human rights social criteria investment screens in response to the Israel / Palestine crisis.


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