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Jul 22, 2012 at 06:56 PM
A group of nine Canadian senators has warned the United Church of Canada that it could spark a rift with the Jewish community if it approves the boycott of goods from Israeli settlements in occupied lands. One has to wonder how much concern these same senators have shown about the potential rift with other communities in Canada that face the prospect of boycotts, notwithstanding the justifications put forward.

Nevertheless, the senators, all United Church members and from both the Conservative and Liberal parties, have taken a stand on a controversial issue before it comes to a vote in mid-August.

A working group established by the United Church has issued a report that proposes a boycott of all products from Jewish settlements in occupied lands, arguing the settlements are illegally eating away Palestinian lands and the hope for a two-state solution. But it also rejects a wholesale boycott of all Israeli goods.

In an email to the nine senators, Khaled Mouammar, former President of the Canadian Arab Federation, and a Palestinian Christian refugee from Nazareth, accuses the senators of ignoring the opinions of the majority of Canadians and, at the same time, ignoring Canada's official policy.

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