Responses to Opposing Views
Response to Gary Gaudin's Open Letter
Response to Gary Gaudin’s “Open Letter to the General Council Commissioners of British Columbia Conference of the United Church of Canada: Grieving a Missed Opportunity: some Personal Thoughts on the Report of the Working Group on Israel/Palestine.”
Gary Gaudin, a United Church minister from Richmond, B.C., has raised a number of objections to the Report of the General Council’s Working Group on Israel/Palestine Policy. (see file attached below.) Recommendations from this Report will go the General Council of the United Church in August of this year. Gaudin particularly objects to recommendations for a limited “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) policy against “settlement products that can be identified as produced in or related to the settlements or the occupied territories.” (Task Force Report p. 24) He also objects to the Report “continuing to name the occupation as the primary contributor to the injustice that underlies the violence of the region” (p. 23) and regretting “the past policy of calling on Palestinians to acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state.” (p. 23) Neither Gary Gaudin nor I will be Commissioners to General Council.
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