For consideration by the Delegate Assembly at Orlando 2017
But they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid. –Micah 4.4Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.–Matthew 5.9
As followers of Jesus and his gospel of reconciliation, we long for peace, security, and the well–being of all people living in Israel and Palestine.We have heard the cry for justice of Palestinians, especially those living under oppressive military occupation for fifty years. We are also acutely aware of antisemitism and violence inflicted upon Jews in the past and the present. The suffering of these two groups has too often been set against the other. We recognize, rather, that the legacy of Jewish suffering is intertwined with the suffering of Palestinians. In this situation, there are Palestinians and Jews who work for justice and peace for all, rejecting violence and oppression. We are blessed to count them as partners and seek to support them and 10learn from them. We confess that we, as Mennonites, as Christians, and as Americans, bear some responsibilities for the injustice and violence that both peoples have experienced historically and currently.We commit ourselves to take active and specific steps to redress these harms. On one hand, we will oppose military occupation and seek a just peace in Israel and Palestine; on the other, we will seek deeper relationships with Jewish communities and actively oppose antisemitism.
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