I have abridged the following article. (my note)
US Christians Consider Actions To Punish Israel
Veterans News Now By Editor Posted Sun., June 22, 2014
Editor’s Note: Veterans News Now’s contributing editor, James M Wall informed : The divestment resolution against the Big Three corporations passed in committee. Discussion set to start soon, actual General Assembly vote will depend on the political strategies of both sides. Expect a final vote between tonight and Friday.
Presbyterian Church USA,
We applaud your consideration to divest from Israeli firms and those around the world that invest in occupation and apartheid.
On behalf of our writers, readers, and staff, we support you 100%. (End of Editor’s note)
Source: VOA By Jerome Socolovsky
WASHINGTON — One of America’s oldest Protestant denominations is holding its biennial assembly this week, and high on the agenda is a proposal to divest from companies that do business with Israel.
If approved, the Presbyterian Church USA would be the largest religious organization in the country to impose sanctions on Israel.
several proposals to sanction Israel for the lack of progress in the Middle East peace process may prove to be the most controversial.
One calls for Israel to be branded an “apartheid” state. Another calls for the church to withdraw investments from three U.S. companies whose products are used by the Israeli military in the occupied territories. A similar measure came within a few votes of passing at the last assembly in 2012.
A vote on the divestment proposal is scheduled for later this week. If it goes through, it would be a major victory for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement. The movement wants to isolate Israel with sanctions like those applied to apartheid-era South Africa.
Reverend Susan Wilder of the Presbyterian Israel/Palestine Mission Network, which has backed the divestment motion, says the aim is not to delegitimize Israel.
She says she doesn’t want to “profit from someone else’s pain.”
“For us,” she adds, “this is a matter of living out our faith and it’s a matter of our stewardship of our financial sources. It’s a matter of getting our investments in line with our values.”
Israel’s supporters fear a “yes” vote could prompt other churches to follow suit. That could leave it with fewer friends among left-leaning Protestant Christians and more dependent on support from largely evangelical Christian conservatives.