South African human rights and Palestine solidarity NGO, BDS South Africa, welcomes decision by Southern African provincial synod of the Anglican Church (ACSA) that has adopted BDS.
ACSA represents Anglican Christian communities in southern African countries including South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Angola.
In a motion, now a binding resolution, titled “Time to act: Solidarity with Palestine” the church specifically calls for support of the “well-directed BDS actions against the Israeli occupation state until they end their occupation of Palestine.”
BDS South Africa thanks the Southern African Synod of the Anglican Church for including BDS SA board member, Dudu Masango-Mahlangu, in their recent meeting.
Masango-Mahlangu has consistently been working with Churches within Southern Africa on the issue of Palestine-Israel.
We also thank the congregants and leadership of the historic Regina Mundi Church in Soweto for hosting our director, Muhammed Desai, at last week Sunday’s service.
Palestinian Christians, descendants of the first followers of Christ, insist that they, together with all Palestinians, share the same suffering under Israel’s regime of Apartheid.
Palestinian Archbishop Atallah Hanna explains that: “Israel desires to conceal the Christian dimension of the Palestinian issue […] attempts to present this conflict as a Jewish-Muslim religious conflict.”
He added: “It [Israel] also attempts to neutralise the Christian position, and, therefore, it is irritated by the growing Christian voices raised on the Palestinian issue.”
Churches across the world are increasingly holding Israel accountable for its violations of international law.
In March this year American and South African Christian leaders, representing churches with over 50 million members, issued a joint statement urging for the option of “economic pressure” against Israel as a non-violent measure to hold Israel accountable for its violations of International Law.
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