The United Church of Christ (UCC) has called on Israel to dismantle the security barrier in Judea and Samaria and to stop doing business with Israeli companies that support the “occupation.” The resolution was passed by the UCC General Synod at its annual meeting in Atlanta. "The wall has devastating effects on the lives and livelihoods of Palestinians," said senior church official Peter Makari. "It prevents the opportunity for interaction for people who desperately want there to be peace." Makari makes it sound like Israel wants to keep peace loving Palestinians out instead of suicide bombers. Jewish leaders reacted angrily. "That wall has saved the lives of Jews, Christians and Muslims,” said David Elcott of the American Jewish Committee. Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal described the UCC as "functionally anti-Semitic."