(This article is published in Mondoweiss.)
The Steering Committee of the United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network (UCCPIN) strongly condemned the cancellation of Reverend Graylan Hagler’s “From Ferguson to Palestine” talk at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY on September 24.
Hagler is a longtime social and economic justice activist. He was deeply involved in the international solidarity movement against apartheid in South Africa and is today an outspoken supporter of Palestinian human rights.
Pro-Israel groups pressured the divinity school to cancel Rev. Hagler’s talk. UCCPIN said it is “outraged” by the decision of the school to rescind the invitation. Speaking on behalf of the Steering Committee, UCCPIN Chairperson Gay Harter stated “the intimidation of individuals and groups seeking justice for Palestinians is a disgrace, but it will not succeed in silencing a prophetic voice that seeks a just peace for all.”