Proposed UUA GA 2016 Business Resolution


If you are interested in helping ensure the business resolution is adopted, please contact us at divest@uujme.org.

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Proposed Business Resolution: Divestment from Corporations Complicit in the Violation of Palestinian Rights

Visit our Divestment page for more information and resources about becoming a delegate to the General Assembly and educating local UUs about the resolution.

UUJME Press Release on UUA Initiating Divestment

UUJME Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2016

Unitarian Universalist Association Divests from Companies Profiting from Israel’s Occupation of Palestinian Territories

Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) welcomes the recent decision of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to divest from several companies involved in human rights abuses and environmental degradation.

The UUA has adopted a human rights screen focusing on conflict zones that includes human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territories. The UUA subsequently divested from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HP Inc., and Motorola Solutions. The UUA has also divested from Caterpillar Inc., due to concerns over its environmental and social practices. These four companies have been the target of boycott and divestment campaigns due to their complicity in violations of Palestinian human rights.

"We are pleased with this decision made by the UUA officials,” said Curtis Bell, a member of the UUJME Board of Directors. "As Unitarian Universalists we want to live by our principles, which include respect for the worth and dignity of every person, upholding justice, equity and compassion in human affairs, and seeking peace and world community. When we refuse to profit from human rights abuses and the suffering of fellow human beings, we are living our principles.”

By divesting from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HP Inc., Motorola Solutions, and Caterpillar, the UUA is joining other religious denominations such as the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ, which have voted to divest from these and other companies profiting from Israel's abuses of Palestinian rights; and the United Methodist Church, which has voted to boycott goods produced in settlements and which recently divested from two Israeli banks and placed three others on a no investing list due to their complicity in the illegal construction of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

UUJME will be working to reinforce and solidify the UUA’s decisions with passage of a Business Resolution by delegates to the UUA General Assembly in Columbus Ohio this coming June. Adoption of this resolution will guide the UUA as it continues to include human rights concerns in the occupied Palestinian territories in its future investment decisions.


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Rev. Dr. West was the UUA GA 2015 Ware Lecturer. Keith Ellison is an African-American Muslim Congressman.

Cornel West

View his UUA GA lecture at
https://youtu.be/2iAHrgirE7I.

Mohamed Al-Qeiq, a Palestinian prisoner who ended a 94-day hunger strike in February, has been released to his home in the West Bank. Al-Qeiq is a journalist who was held without charge or trial for months in administrative detention, not an uncommon situation for Palestinian prisoners.



Today, B’Tselem announced it would no longer refer complaints to the military’s law enforcement system. We explain this unusual decision in our new report, The Occupation's Fig Leaf: Israel's Military Law Enforcement System as a Whitewash Mechanism, which is based on hundreds of complaints B’Tselem has filed.


   

The 7 UU Principles and Palestine-Israel Study Guide

Download the study guide on Palestine-Israel to use for your adult religious education program.

Booklet of Prereadings and Videos for Study Guide Session Preparation:

http://tinyurl.com/7UUPandPI-Prep

Request a packet of guides on the Take Action --> Learn and Reflect page.

Email curriculum@uujme.org with any questions and constructive feedback. Leaders of study groups around the country are happy to be paired with potential leaders of other groups to provide advice. You do not have to be an expert on the issues to lead a group. It is a guide rich with many resources that you can omit or add to as you see appropriate.

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East is a recommended book to read before starting the first session.

 

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Israel Human Rights Organizations' Statement on Violence

October 15, 2015

A group of Israeli human rights organizations issued a statement about the use of lethal force and collective punishment against Palestinians.

http://reliefweb.int/report/occupied-palestinian-territory/human-rights-organizations-israel-politicians-calls-police-and 

Signers included the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Amnesty International – Israel Branch, B'Tselem, Gisha, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, HaMoked – Center for the Defence of the Individua, Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Right, Adalah – The Legal Center for the Rights of the Arab Minority in Israel, and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel.