Protestants call for settlement boycott

Canada’s largest Protestant denomination is calling for a boycott of goods produced in “illegal” Israeli settlements, including east Jerusalem.

In a 26-page report, the United Church of Canada calls for an economic boycott of Israel focused exclusively on settlement products.

The church wants “a focused boycott of products that are being created illegally,” said the Rev. David Giuliano, a former head of the United Church who chaired the three-member working group that wrote the report.

He added, however, that “this is not a call for a boycott of Israel or Israeli products.”

The report will be considered by the church’s general council, which meets in Ottawa in August. Until then, the report is not church policy. — jta