Pelavin: "With the peace process in an already fragile place, it is important for people of all faiths, and of none, to come together and support the holy work of pursuing peace."
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Washington, D.C. May 1, 2008 - In response to the defeat of five anti-Israel divestment resolutions considered at the United Methodist Church's General Assembly, Mark Pelavin, Director of the Commission on Interreligious Affairs of Reform Judaism, released the following statement:
As we work towards achieving an equitable, just, and secure solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we are reassured to know that we can count on the friendship and support of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in this endeavor. By overwhelmingly defeating the anti-Israel divestment resolutions which were debated before their General Assembly in Fort Worth, Texas this past week, the UMC has acknowledged the complexities of the situation on the ground in the Middle East and has committed itself towards working together for the benefit of Israelis and Palestinians.
With the peace process in an already fragile place, it is important for people of all faiths, and of none, to come together and support the holy work of pursuing peace. In contrast, a divestment campaign would have had the complete opposite effect and would have greatly damaged the prospect of achieving a two-state solution. Indeed, the desire to see an Israeli and Palestinian state side by side in security, peace, and justice is a vision that all of us yearn for.
We are proud of the hard work by Jewish community activists, and our allies, across the country. The fact that these noxious resolutions were defeated highlights the importance of the relationships which these activists have built with their neighbors, and, especially, which Rabbis have built with their clerical colleagues.
As we prepare to usher in Shabbat, we welcome this development, and, with our friends from the UMC, we renew our pledge to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.