The Christian community in North America is remarkably diverse – demographically, theologically, politically – and on few issues more so than approaches to the Middle East. Across the spectrum, North American Christians have a deep and abiding commitment to peacemaking in the Middle East. Christians in the Holy Land are seen as a touchstone to the time and life of Jesus and Israel hosts a central role in understanding his life, ministry, and death.
For some Christians, Israel is a stronghold of divine justice and a Jewish return to sovereignty is seen as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. For others it is seen as a bastion of injustice, born in sin. In between is a broad swath pulled between the two poles.
Differences and emotions run deep and strategies are disparate when it comes to advocating for Israel. One of the most contentious issues in North American cultures over the past decade has been the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement.
The IAN works to educate about the importance of a two-state solution while mobilizing communities to combat divestment. Together with the JCPA and various partner agencies, IAN helped garner signatures from over 1,300 American rabbis and 22,000 people across North America reaching out their hands as partners for peace and urging opposition to divestment.