A longtime Quaker Zionist, Steve Chase wonders if a just and peaceful future for Palestinians depends on nonviolent international pressure directed at the State of Israel through boycotts, divestment, and sanctions seeking full compliance with international law and universal human rights. This pamphlet briefly describes Palestinian and Zionist/Israeli history since the late nineteenth century, the development of the BDS movement and Quaker response to it, and what led Steve Chase’s perspective to shift over time. Discussion questions included.
About the Author(s)
Steve Chase is a member of Putney Friends Meeting in Vermont and a longtime Quaker educator, activist, and writer. He is the author of Letters to a Fellow Seeker: A Short Introduction to the Quaker Way as well as Pendle Hill Pamphlets #431, Revelation and Revolution: Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness and #445, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights (a review of which can be found here, and an interview with the author on the topic of the pamphlet here). He has published several articles in Friends Journal and is a frequent speaker at Quaker gatherings. He has directed the Education Department at Pendle Hill and served as Pendle Hill’s first Online Education Coordinator. Steve is currently the Manager of Academic Initiatives for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington, DC, and is a member of the Quaker Palestine Israel Network.
Pendle Hill Pamphlet #445