The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
and God's soul hates the lover of violence. ~Psalm 11:5
BDS is a means to an end, not an end in itself. It calls for change through age-old nonviolent tactics that have been practiced through history by many peoples around the world.
Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. ~1 Corinthians 15:58
The Arabic word sumud means perseverance and resilience. In the Palestinian context, it has come to mean steadfastness in the face of oppression. (read more on Palestinian sumud).
I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven… ~ Matthew 5
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. ~ Galatians 3:28
Israel has different laws for different ethnicities and religions.
This is an important passage from Matthew 15:
“Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith!”
Whether we like to admit it or not, even Jesus got caught in a moment of discrimination, but he caught himself. Jesus declared that he was sent only to “the House of Israel.” As a result, when a Canaanite woman asked for help, he compared her to a dog. The Canaanite woman called him out for his cultural bias and discrimination, Jesus caught himself in doing that and told the woman her faith was great, thus praising her for her courage and faith.
BDS seeks to overcome cultural bias and discrimination by calling it out as the Canaanite woman did with Jesus. Even Jesus, by acknowledging she was right, was able to overcome the challenge of societal discrimination and bias.
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14
Reject the notion that there is only one narrative. Israel’s claim to the land presumes God as a real estate agent. The land is God’s and all the people’s. Israel insists that they should have a monopoly on the land.
BDS opposes and challenges the following:
They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. “Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace. Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush… ~Jeremiah 8:11-12
Thou shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, so so you will not share in their guilt. ~ Leviticus 19:17
The sacred duty of tochecha, sacred rebuke in Hebrew, is found in the Holiness Code (Lev 19:17) in the Hebrew scriptures. It is incumbent upon those working for justice to be true to this tradition and call out immoral and unethical behavior. In a sermon at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, Rabbi Alissa Wise of Jewish Voice for Peace says,
Tochecha is about our obligation to tell someone when they have done or are currently straying and behaving wrongly – whether to us, or to another. What’s more, tochecha requires us also to engage with those we are rebuking and assist them and support them in the repair of the wrong you are calling out.
In a later sermon, Rabbi Wise teaches “I can think of no greater act of friendship than to risk defamation in order to remind one’s friends of their own ideals when they, themselves, have forgotten them. That is tochecha—sacred rebuke.”
Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him. He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me? says the Lord. But your eyes and heart are only on you dishonest gain, for shedding innocent blood, and for practicing oppression and violence. ~ Jeremiah 22: 15-17
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it; the world, and all who live in it. ~ Psalm 24:1
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. ~ Matthew 5: 10-11
Challenge the powerful in an organized way.