General Assembly Middle East Overture Guide and Update

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PFMEP Middle East Overture Guide


The Middle East Overtures and Proposals for the 221st General Assembly all address Israel-Palestine issues and focus on one question: will the GA stay the long-established course with a commitment to grassroots peacemaking, reconciliation, and partnering with Palestinians and Israelis of good will, or, will the GA embrace the course of divestment and the radical, polarizing agenda of the international Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement?  The international BDS movement's stated goal is to create one, non-Jewish state replacing Israel and Palestine --- a position totally at odds with the PCUSA's longtime commitment to a two state solution.

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Why Divestment Should Be Rejected

Divestment is not an isolated initiative

It is a major initiative of the international Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement. After divestment was approved by the Presbyterian General Assembly in 2014, BDS leaders claimed PC(USA) had joined its ranks, in spite of GA statements to the contrary. The BDS movement is not a peace movement. It is not a movement seeking to reform Israel’s policies. It is a movement seeking to undo the world’s 1948 decision to support the creation of the nation of Israel.

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The Accusations of Overture 17



This overture does not serve the purpose of peace and justice. Instead, it disseminates a variety of falsehoods and fabrications that do nothing more that incite hostility. These accusations appear consistently in BDS documents. Here are a few examples: 

The False Claim of Apartheid 

Criticism of the Effects of Israeli Security Measures, While Ignoring the Causes 

The Mischaracterization of Conditions for Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails 

Factually Inaccurate Data on Water

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