Is Jesus Opposed to Building Normal Relationships Between Israelis and Palestinians?
The Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement is on record as opposing efforts to create “normalization” of relationships between Israelis and Palestinians. They reject all forms of dialogue, cooperation, or engagement between Israelis and Palestinians and their respective supporters. On the BDS Movement website, the BDS National Committee “calls for action against projects and initiatives which amount to recognition of or cooperation with Israel’s regime of apartheid, colonialism and occupation (i.e., normalization). This means opposition to programs like Hand in Hand that promote coexistence and are supported by many PCUSA congregations. Hand in Hand and programs like it bring young Israelis and Palestinians together to build trust and friendships.