Ottawa – Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is commending the United Church of Canada for adopting a report calling for the boycott of illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

“By adopting this historic resolution, the United Church of Canada joins a growing movement of churches, trade unions, and other organizations in Canada and around the world that are boycotting Israel’s illegal,” says IJV spokesperson Sid Shniad.

“It is not anti-Semitic to criticize Israel. Given the state’s ongoing illegal activities it is a moral imperative. We are very encouraged that the United Church has recognized the difference and we look forward to working with the church to move this important human rights work forward.”

IJV spokesperson Rabbi David Mivasair echoed Shniad’s remarks, explaining that “IJV is grateful to the United Church for undertaking this careful and principled review, and we endorse its thoughtful recommendations for ethical action to support justice for both Palestinians and Israelis.”

In an open letter to the United Church of Canada’s 41st General Conference at Carleton University, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb of Jewish Voice for Peace had joined with IJV in calling on delegates to endorse the proposals for the boycott of products made in illegal Israeli settlements located in occupied Palestinian territory.