Join Hundreds of Presbyterians Who Have Pledged to Act for Justice in Palestine
Advent is the season when we await the coming of the Prince of Peace. We wait with hope like that of the prophet Jeremiah: “In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’” These words that were written thousands of years ago are still a prayer of hope in our time. In the weeks leading up to Advent this year, we hear and see stories of escalating violence in the Holy Land. We see now as much as ever that Jeremiah’s vision from so long ago has yet to come to fruition. We continue to pray for peace in the region that Jesus called home. We continue to pray, and we know that prayer without action is not enough.
We know that there can be no peace in the Holy Land, no realization of Jeremiah’s vision, until the Occupation ends. There can be no peace in the Holy Land as long as illegal Israeli settlements continue to be built in Palestine. There can be no peace in the Holy Land as long as we continue to economically support the Israeli settlements through our consumer choices. This is why our Palestinian sisters and brothers have called for the nonviolent action of boycotting products made in the illegal Israeli settlements. This is why the 220th Presbyterian General Assembly voted to endorse the boycott.
J. Herbert Nelson reminds us in the video below that, as Presbyterians, we are called to act for justice as individuals and as a community as we wait for peace. Will you join the hundreds of other Presbyterians who have pledged to act for justice in Palestine? Will you pledge to boycott Israeli products that are made in the illegal settlements? Together we can work for peace even as we await the Prince of Peace.