|Hadassah Urges Peace Over Divestment|
Hadassah joins the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) in supporting the "Letter in Hope" and encourages Hadassah Members, Associates and supporters to join the effort. The "Letter in Hope" urges the Presbyterian Church (USA) to support peace and reject the proposed resolution calling for divestment from three companies doing business with Israel.
Hadassah maintains its long-standing policy against all forms of organized boycotts—opposing destructive actions in favor of constructive dialogue in order to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pursue a future of peace in the Middle East.
Below is an alert distributed by the JCPA about the "Letter in Hope", which is also sponsored by the Israel Action Network, an initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America, in partnership with the JCPA:
In just one week, over [15,000] Jews throughout the country have signed a "Letter in Hope" to delegates to the biennial Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly, encouraging them to embrace reconciliation and reject an anti-Israel divestment resolution. The letter calls divestment a "counterproductive proposal" that would delay action towards peace, and its thousands of signers ask the Presbyterians to "deepen our understandings of the multiple narratives in the region" and focus on positive steps including economic development, Palestinian state building, and a return to negotiations.
The rapid outpouring of support for this letter reflects the deep and widespread opposition to divestment in the Jewish community and well beyond. It points out that divestment promotes a lopsided assessment of the causes of and solutions to the conflict, disregarding the complex history and geopolitics. Furthermore, it shamefully paints Israel as a pariah nation, solely responsible for frustrating peace. It is a blunt tool that is more likely to encourage those with more extreme aims than to foster reconciliation.
Read and sign the Letter in Hope.Date: 6/15/2012