On September 28, 2016, Palestinian Christian Jonathan Kuttab spoke to Mennonites gathered for lunch at the Mennonite Central Committee Ontario building in Kitchener, Ont.
Responding to the action Mennonite Church Canada delegates took to approve a resolution concerning Israel and Palestine, Kuttab affirmed the call to support the boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement. He sees BDS as a way to “end the occupation and facilitate a just peace with the Palestinian people.”
On July 9, 2016, a clear majority of delegates to Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2016 voted in favour of a resolution seeking non-violent solutions to injustices in Israel-Palestine. (Read more: “Action seeks solution for Israelis and Palestinians.”)
Kuttab is an attorney and human rights activist who grew up in Jerusalem, studied in the U.S., and is a recognized authority on international law, human rights and Palestinian and Israeli affairs.
BDS should be a “no brainer” for Mennonites was Kuttab’s repeated refrain. “Non-violent methods to address a clear injustice,” he explained. His goals are peace and non-violence, and justice, by which he means equality, human rights, mutual respect, fulfilment of needs of both sides, and non-reliance on military power and violence.
—from files by Dave Rogalsky
To read an editorial about BDS see: “Back the boycott.”