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Minute on the Israel-Palestine Conflict
2017-46 Friends gathered at New England Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions at Castleton, Vermont, August 6–10, 2017, attest to the following:
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) testimony on peace, justice, and nonviolence is based in our experience of the divine in all of creation and within all persons. Thus, we are deeply troubled by the suffering and injustice caused by the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and we are concerned that our government perpetuates that violence by continuing to send billions of dollars of military aid to the region.
We call upon our nation to:
- Cease sending United States military aid and selling weapons to the entire Middle East
- Continue diplomatic efforts with all parties and remain in dialogue even with those who have acted violently
- Join the international court system and accept its jurisdiction
We call upon all nations to:
- Work with the United Nations Security Council to end military aid and arms sales from all outside countries to all parties in this conflict
- Support the United Nations efforts to bring justice, peace, security, and reconciliation to all parties in the conflict
- Take measures to assure that international laws are applied universally.
We call upon all individuals and communities to:
- Support and learn from the many organizations that bring Israelis and Palestinians together for justice and peacemaking.
- Examine how anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and privilege affect our understanding of the conflict
We are deeply grateful to the Friends who have worked over many months in preparing and seasoning this minute.
We ask Friends to report back on what insights and conclusions they have in addressing this conflict.