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Occupation Free Faith Communities Network

An Occupation Free Faith Community commits to take specific advocacy steps to bring about a just peace in Israel/Palestine. Occupation Free Congregations can be churches, mosques, synagogues, or temples. Or they can be particular committees, taskforces, or boards within these communities that focus on Israel/Palestine or on peace and social justice issues. They can be Bible study groups, clergy groups, or campus ministries. Or they can be regional groupings of faith communities, or interfaith organizations.

Regardless of size, they are an integral part of the effort to change U.S. policy and bring about a just peace in Israel/Palestine.

Interfaith Boycott Coalition
A group of individuals from faith-based organizations and institutions who share a common goal of bringing justice to the Palestinians suffering under the oppression of Israel’s long-standing military occupation.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Votes Overwhelmingly in Favor of Investment Screen!
by Anna Baltzer, Director of Organizing & Advocacy
August 13th, 2016
9th Christian Denomination to Take Economic Action for Justice in Palestine
UU Majority for Divestment; Presbyterians Take it to the Next Level!
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
June 25th, 2016
Presbyterian & UU Breakthrough Votes on Palestine
Churches are making history
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
June 23rd, 2016
It's clear which way the wind is blowing...
Huge News! Church Divestment Starts Big in 2016!
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
January 12th, 2016
United Methodists Divest from Israeli Banks! Will You Help Unitarian Universalists Divest Too?
They did it! UCC Divests from Israeli Occupation, and More!
by US Campaign Staff
June 30th, 2015
There is no turning back now...
WATCH LIVE: Historic United Church of Christ vote on divestment, boycott, and more!
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
June 29th, 2015
Passing unanimously from committee, resolution could get final vote today!
More than 50 Faith-Based Organizations Join Call for Arms Embargo
With leadership from the Israel-Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA), members of the Interdenominational Network, Interfaith Boycott Coalition, and others join the Palestinian-led call for an arms embargo on Israel at the height of its Summer 2015 assault on Gaza.
Help Multiply Victories Like Presbyterian Divestment!
A message from IPMN Advocacy Chair Robert Ross following the successful Presbyterian divestment and other victories...
Presbyterians Divest! Now, They Need Your Support!
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
June 24th, 2014
Show Some Love to Presbyterians Coming Under Attack for Divesting!
Presbyterian General Assembly Votes 310-303 to Divest from Israeli Occupation
June 20th, 2014
Following a ten year process, the GA voted to divest from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett Packard.
Methodists Divest!! Next Up: Presbyterians...
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
June 19th, 2014
Watch Presbyterians Vote on Divestment and More Tomorrow!
Gates Divests!!! Presbyterians Next?
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
June 8th, 2014
Help Make This The Biggest Month In U.S. Divestment History!
Will You Help Make History? Support Presbyterian Divestment & More
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
May 23rd, 2014
The Presbyterian Church is considering historic resolutions on boycott, divestment, equal rights, the apartheid analogy, and more in June. It's a big moment and we need your help!
Breakthrough! Quakers Spanning 3 States Call For Boycott & Divestment
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
September 4th, 2013
Lake Erie Yearly Meeting calls for boycott and divestment, the latest in a string of Quaker actions for justice in Palestine.
Victory! United Methodist Conferences, representing thousands of churches, vote to Divest!
by Kathryn Johnson, Interim Director
June 25th, 2013
The tide is turning as United Methodist conferences, Mennonites, Quakers, and others vote for divestment!
Change Is in the Air as Methodists Vote
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
April 25th, 2012
Support Historic Methodist & Presbyterian Church Divestment Resolutions!
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
January 26th, 2012
Suggested Activities for Occupation Free Faith Communities
Need ideas for what an Occupation Free Faith Community can do to take action for justice? Look no further!
Relationships and Goals of Occupation Free Faith Communities
Find out more about what an Occupation Free Faith Community is called to do--and what support can be expected from the US Campaign.
Boycotts and Economic Pressure in Faith Communities
Morally responsible investing and campaigns of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) are moral, nonviolent, economic measures that seek to change the bad behavior of corporations and of governments. Faith communities and nonviolent movements have long used boycotts and other forms of economic pressure in their work for justice and peace.