AUSTRALIA (ICEJ News) – The National Council of Churches Australia (NCCA), the nation’s largest ecumenical body, met last week for its 7th Triennial Forum, which resulted in a statement asking Australians to consider boycotting goods produced by Israeli settlements in the West Bank in solidarity with Palestinian Christians.
“We are asking the member churches of the NCCA to consider boycotting particular goods produced in Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It is hoped that such actions will liberate the people from an experience of injustice to one where a just and definitive peace may be reached,” said the Rev. Tara Curlewis, General Secretary of the Council.
“The NCCA welcomes the easing of the Israeli blockade of Gaza in recent days and calls for an immediate end to the blockade. The NCCA will stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine and act for an end to the injustice and suffering borne by the people,” she said.
A motion passed during the meeting also affirmed the right of Israel and a Palestinian state to exist “within secure internationally recognized borders.”