Hanover New Hampshire Meeting

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

 

A Response to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

 

The Hanover New Hampshire Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) calls for all Friends to join the non-violent action of boycotting products made in IsraelŐs illegal settlements and to divest from all companies that support and benefit from IsraelŐs military occupation and repression of the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank.

 

As Quakers we endeavor to listen deeply to all sides in any situation of conflict in the belief that all sides deserve a respectful hearing, and that no lasting solution to conflict can come unless the just claims of all sides are in some measure satisfied.  In the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which so sorely torments the international community generally and the peoples of the Middle East in particular, IsraelŐs right to security is fully acknowledged and supported by our government.  We support IsraelŐs right to a secure existence.  The rights of the Palestinians, on the other hand, are neither widely recognized nor are they discussed in this country.

 

The Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory beyond the 1949 Armistice Line (the Green Line) is illegal under the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which Israel is a signatory.  Article 49 of that Convention specifically prohibits an occupying power from transferring members of its own civilian population into a foreign territory it occupies.  Thus the steady acquisition of Palestinian land for Israeli settlement development is illegal and is eroding the PalestiniansŐ right to a viable homeland.  We support the non-violent actions of Israelis and Palestinians to bring about an end to this occupation.

 

We join with the American Friends Service Committee and other Quaker organizations, and with numerous religious and civil society organizations in the US and throughout the world in expressing this active witness for human rights and for a durable peace in Palestine and Israel.

 

Approved by Hanover, NH, Monthly Meeting

July 27, 2015