Religious Studies Scholars for BDS

As scholars of religion, ethics, theology, and/or scriptures, we embrace diversity, democratic accountability, inclusivity, human equality, justice, non-violent social change, critical reflection, and equal educational and occupational opportunities for all.

Because of these values, we stand in solidarity with Palestinians who cry out for justice in Israel and Palestine. We condemn the illegal occupation of their lands, violations of their human rights, and discriminatory laws that deny them equal educational and economic opportunities in Israel and Palestine.

We take ethical responsibility for our own ethnographic, archaeological, and archival research in Israel and Palestine, and we do not condone the use of such research to justify or normalize the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.

We pledge to defend freedom of expression, intellectual curiosity, engaged pedagogy, political commitment, and open scholarship for all, including Palestinian children and university students whose rights to an education are systematically violated. We embrace the right of all people, including those with whom we disagree, to make their voices known.

Affirming our own right to work for justice in Palestine, and remembering the power of non-violent social change in the U.S. civil rights movement and the international campaign against South African apartheid, we support the broad-based call of Palestinian civil society to boycott, divest from, and sanction the institutions–not the people–of the State of Israel until it meets its obligations under international law by:

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall;

2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.