United Church of Canada votes to boycott West Bank products

Canadian Jewish organization ‘outraged’ over what it calls a ‘morally reckless path’

The United Church of Canada voted Wednesday to boycott Israeli products made in the West Bank, drawing immediate criticism from the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

The center announced its “outrage” at the decision in a statement, adding that it was “equally offended by the Church’s expression of regret for previously calling for Palestinian recognition of Israel’s Jewish character. This decision represents a radical shift in the United Church’s policies, betrays the views of the vast majority of its members, and flies in the face of decades of constructive interfaith dialogue.”

The center’s statement called the decision to boycott a “morally reckless path” and said that it “was driven by narrow ideology rather than by a desire to faithfully represent the views of the membership.”

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