In August 2015, CMSM was part of a research team to Israel/Palestine on practices of unarmed civilian protection and met with numerous religious leaders. Three key Catholic religious leaders in the conflict identified the need for U.S. Catholic organizations to get more engaged in the issue of illegal settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine and participate in the efforts to boycott and/or divest from such settlement products/companies. In turn, the CMSM Justice and Peace committee is calling us to promote the boycott of settlement products and companies profiting from settlements. This would follow a long line of other Christian organizations doing the same as well as follow the support of reputable U.S. Jewish organizations, such as Americans for Peace Now in the United States.
This is not a boycott against the people of Israel or against the existence of Israel as a state. Rather the intention is to respond to a call from our Catholic brothers and sisters for concrete solidarity in the face of ongoing injustice and violence in this lasting conflict. Too many people from both Israel and Palestine have suffered. Negotiations have largely failed over the past 50 years of occupation. By taking a public stance and making concrete actions, we seek to join the many other organizations working to restrain and stop illegal settlement development; and thus, to cultivate more favorable conditions for a just peace in the conflict.
Specific products/companies to focus on include: Sodastream, Keter/Black and Decker, Ahava Cosmetics, Motorola, Hewlett Packard, Caterpillar, and the top 5 Israeli Banks.
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