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The United Church of Canada, which is the largest Protestant church in Canada, launched an official boycott of Israeli products, beginning with three factories located in Judea and Samaria.

The targeted companies are: Keter Plastic Ltd., a manufacturer of home and outdoor storage solutions; SodaStream, the world’s largest manufacturer, distributor and marketer of Home Carbonation Systems; and Ahava, a producer of skin care products.

“With these efforts, we join with many others striving to bring peace with justice to the Holy Land,” said United Church of Canada Moderator Gary Paterson.

“Despite calls by Fatah officials for a third violent intifada against Israel, the United Church sees fit to pray for a successful boycott against Jewish businesses in Israel, while ignoring the ongoing incitement to violence and genocide against Israel and Jews coming from Palestinian leaders,” said Toronto-based Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center President and CEO Avi Benlolo.

“This call to prayer for anti-Israel boycotts is nothing less than an assault on the Jewish people by the United Church. The echoes of the past history of Church-sanctioned antisemitism continue to grow stronger,” he declared.

B’nai B’rith Canada CEO Frank Dimant said the United Church of Canada “would realize who they really are hurting if they took time to examine the facts,” noting that SodaStream “employs 500 Palestinians as well as 400 additional Arabs living in eastern Jerusalem at its Ma’ale Adumim manufacturing facility alone,” reported Israel National News.

Church resolutions to boycott Israeli companies in the “West Bank” – the heartland of the Jewish nation – have been ongoing for several years. In 2012, B’nai Brith Canada declared in its weekly newspaper, The Jewish Tribune:

“The fact is that a Christian organization, which should appreciate the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Jewish people’s return to the Holy Land, has instead chosen to join common cause with those who seek the very destruction of the Jewish State.”

“The UCC continues to neglect its persecuted Christian brothers and sisters, specifically in the Muslim world, instead focusing on harming the Jewish state,” Dimant said.

“We ask that the United Church reject boycotts of Israel in any form, refuse to hold the world’s only Jewish state as solely responsible for ending the Israeli-Arab conflict, and instead support positive initiatives to advance peace, reconciliation, and prosperity in the Holy Land – for the benefit of both Palestinians and Israelis,” Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre of Israel and Jewish Advocacy, stated.

FIGHT THE BOYCOTT OF ISRAELI PRODUCTS

Let the United Church of Canada know that a boycott against the only democracy in the Middle East, where Christians are safe and free, is outrageous. Demand that UCC change its policy and stand up for true peace.

United with Israel urges you to make your voices heard. Demand an end to the boycott of Israeli products. Contact the UCC General Council office at +1-416-231-5931 or email moderator@united-church.ca.

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