In Response to the Green Party Support for BDS.

Dear David,

I wish to convey to you and the Green Party my sincere thanks and appreciation for all those who supported human rights, the rule of international law and the desire for a just peace that is at the heart of the non-violent BDS movement. Truly, the Green Party took a courageous stand in offering support to Palestinians and Israelis alike who long for an end to the military occupation in the Holy Land.

I know you will face criticism from some but BDS appears to be the best way to raise awareness and ultimate force the hand of the Israelis to enter into serious negotiations to end their 49 year long illegal occupation.

I will be happy to meet with you and any other Greens to discuss how we can co-operate with regard to furthering this issue.

This summer the lectionary readings from the Hebrew Scriptures in July were taken from Amos and Hosea. Each week they were scathing criticism of Israel for breaking the covenant by not caring for the least, the last and the lost. God’s anger was robust and harsh toward Israel.

As I have reflected on those readings over the past month it strikes me that in our day, criticism of any nation should be based on its care of people (especially the most vulnerable) and the environment. We need to move past notions of privilege and fear so we can focus on what is truly important – to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly as we work to offer hope and peace for this generation and those that follow.

I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.

Peace, Salaam, Shalom, Paix,

Steve

About Steve Berube

I am a team minister at St. Paul's United Church in Riverview, NB, Canada. I served as a human rights observer in Bethlehem while on sabbatical in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) of the World Council of Churches.
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