Jul 16, 2014
Categorically rejecting the “narrative” of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel wherein Jewish Israelis are considering occupiers and/or colonizers of a foreign territory, a resolution of the membership of the Rabbinical Council of America – representing over 1000 Orthodox rabbis throughout the United States, Canada, Israel, and beyond – calls upon "all people of good will to denounce, oppose, and obstruct BDS efforts whenever they are in a position to do so."
Formally adopted by a direct vote of the RCA membership, the full text of “2014 Resolution: The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction Movement against the State of Israel” states:
The Land of Israel is the national Jewish homeland and has been so for millennia; and
The return of the Jewish people to that homeland and the establishment of the State of Israel therein are historically and morally just; and
Hatred of Jews and Judaism has taken various forms over the millennia; and
Natan Sharansky has identified "Three D's" - demonization, delegitimization, and double standards - any of which marks words or deeds against the State of Israel as anti-Semitic and therefore illegitimate; and
The BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement against the State of Israel is, by that standard, anti-Semitic
Therefore, the Rabbinical Council of America
Categorically denies the “narrative” of BDS proponents, wherein Israelis are occupiers and/or colonizers of a land foreign to them; and
Reaffirms its condemnation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s recent adoption of a measure calling for divestment from major companies doing business with Israel and extends said condemnation to any other body that has adopted or shall adopt a BDS policy; and
Expects all people of good will to denounce, oppose, and obstruct BDS efforts whenever they are in a position to do so.