Guided by Jesus’ call for love, justice, reconciliation, and peace, we are inspired by the examples of the U.S. civil rights movement and the interfaith movement against South African apartheid to take a bold, prophetic stand for the Palestinian-led, international human rights movement called BDS.
The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which we endorsed in 2015, calls for the boycott of, divestment from, and sanctions against the State of Israel until it: (1) ends its occupation of Palestinian lands, (2) allows Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, and (3) guarantees the equal rights of all people under its authority, regardless of their ethnic or religious background.
While CPJME formally endorsed BDS in 2015, we have been promoting peace and justice in Palestine since 2001. CPJME has raised awareness, held public lectures, engaged in non-violent protest, sponsored Palestinian students, and supported other activities in solidarity with the Palestinian cause for freedom and dignity. Following the lead of other non-violent advocates of peace such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, CPJME has attempted to be a prophetic witness to the injustice of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and the violation of Palestinians’ human rights.
We have helped to bring to Indianapolis well-known scholars and activists associated with the struggle for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine, including Craig and Cindy Corrie, Archbishop Elias Chacour, Warren Clark, Norman Finkelstein, Jeff Halper, Rima Najjar Merriman, John J. Mearsheimer, and Ilan Pappe. We have protested U.S. support for Israeli occupation and the companies, such as Caterpillar, that make that occupation possible. We have raised money for olive trees destroyed by Israeli settlers and we have sponsored the education of Palestinian students.
Perhaps most importantly, we have sought to assure Palestinian victims of Israeli apartheid that they are not alone and that we hear their their cries for justice and for peace.