Whereas Rev. William Sinkford, President of the Unitarian Universalist
Association, has spoken out on the Middle East conflict in a pastoral letter of
March 27, 2002, calling for "our congregations to educate themselves on [the]
issues and to engage in honest conversation";
Whereas in 1982 the Unitarian Universalist Association General
Assembly adopted a General Resolution encourage a comprehensive peace
settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and calling on all parties to
respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the others;
Whereas Unitarian Universalists have supported and affirmed the rule
of law and the positive role of the United Nations in building a world
Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 emphasizes "the
inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war and the need to work for
a just and lasting peace," and other United Nations resolutions have re-affirmed
Israel as the "Occupying Power" bound by the Fourth Geneva Convention, "which is
applicable to all the Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967";
Whereas the United States government is responsible for a significant
portion of arms sales to this over-armed region, thus furthering its
Whereas the Middle East situation has been deteriorating with
increased violence on both sides and increased military oppression;
Whereas United States diplomacy has not led to peace or security for
the region; and
Whereas the World Conference of Religions for Peace, an organization
co-founded by the Unitarian Universalist Association, has responded to requests
from the Prime Minister of Israel and the President of the Palestinian Authority
by calling for a "religiously sanctioned cease-fire" and recognition of Israel
and Palestine as states with secure, internationally recognized borders;
Therefore, be it resolved that the 2002 General Assembly of the
Unitarian Universalist Association urges the following principles as a basis for
action by the governments of the United States and Canada:
Be it further resolved that the 2002 General Assembly calls on
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