The Ekklesia (British) website reports today (July 1, 2010) that the Methodist Church voted yesterday to boycott all products from Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories and to encourage Methodists across Britain to do the same.
The decision is a response to a call from a group of Palestinian Christians, a growing number of Jewish organizations -- both inside Israel and worldwide -- and the World Council of Churches.
A majority of governments around the world consider the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories as illegitimate under international law.
Christine Elliott, the Methodists' Secretary for External Relationships, said, "This decision has not been taken lightly, but was made after months of research, careful consideration, and finally, today's debate at the Conference. The goal of the boycott is to put an end to the existing injustice. It reflects the challenge that settlements present a lasting peace in the region."