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Goal: Applaud for divesting from companies that supply Israel with equipment used in the occupation of Palestine

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fly bird (26)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 8:18 pm
Target: Katherine Cunningham, Moderator of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network

Goal: Applaud Presbyterian Church for divesting from companies that supply Israel with equipment used in the occupation of Palestine

The Presbyterian Church is on a roll this year. In its recent general assembly, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) not only gave its blessing to same-sex unions, but also voted to divest from several companies that it alleges supplies Israel with equipment that aids its illegal settlement efforts in the Palestinian territories. Praise the denomination for taking a stand against Israelís occupation and voting to put pressure on the Israeli government to end its human rights abuses.

The nearly 1.8 million-member Church is divesting about $21 million from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions, which, it claims, sells Israel bulldozers, surveillance technology, and other equipment used to further Israeli settlement efforts in Palestine.

Although the measure was passed by the narrow margin of 310 to 303, itís part of a growing movement called Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, or B.D.S for short, that hopes to convince Israel to stop building settlements in the controversial regions of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, which are currently the only areas of Israel allotted exclusively to Palestinians. After a decade of internal debate over how best to stand up for universal human rights in Israel, the Presbyterian Church is now the largest American denomination to call for divestment from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation.

Within the same measure, the Church called upon leaders in Israel and Palestine to create a two-state solution that would preserve the Holy Land for believers of all faiths and end violence in the region. The Church also encouraged interfaith dialogue and is now planning to invest in companies that will further peace and foster cooperation between the two divided states.

Praise the Presbyterian Church for promoting peace over profit and sending a message to Israel through non-violent means that its occupation of Palestine must end.


Dear Katherine Cunningham,

I want to thank you for your efforts in promoting peace and coexistence in the Middle East by encouraging the Presbyterian Church to divest from companies that profit from Israelís occupation of Palestine. The Church has become the largest American denomination to take a concrete stand against the oppression perpetrated by the Israeli government and in favor of reconciliation and peace.

Despite the risks of speaking out against Israelís actions, the Presbyterian Church has decisively called for global policy change to divest from companies profiting from human rights abuses to proactive investing in organizations that seek to end them. By putting pressure on Israel to change its ways, the Presbyterian Church set a precedent, and others will surely follow your lead.

Tuesday July 1, 2014, 8:19 pm
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fly bird (26)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 8:20 pm
Signed, Thank you for sharing!

Ondine J (134)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 8:25 pm
Noted and signed gladly, thanks Jess

JL A (281)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 8:27 pm
The title is inaccurate as PCUSA continues with peaceful investments in Israel. Church policies prohibit profiting from violence so after trying to get (negotiations) the companies to stop profiting from violence without success, it was time to vote.

Regan Copple (16)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 8:55 pm
I was raised in the Presbyterian Church, & while I no longer believe in the fairytale of Christianity, I believe that the Presbyterians continue to set the example for how Protestant churches should behave, & set doctrine accordingly.
Just like the old joke on the Doctor Demento show where the man shows up at the gates of Heaven, is asked three questions by Saint Peter, was he a good person, did he do kind things for his fellow man, & did he try to make the world a better place to which the man replied yes to all three. Then Saint Peter throws the gates open & says "Enter Oh Presbyterian." to which the man replies, "But, I'm Catholic." to which Saint Peter responds by clanging the gates shut, & saying, "Oh, well, go to Hell then." Classic Doctor Demento sketch.

Abo r (107)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 9:14 pm
Noted and signed gladly, thanks Jes

David B (29)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 9:14 pm
Your signature has been recorded. Please spread the word:

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 10:24 pm
Your signature has been recorded

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 10:49 pm
I signed & some of the other petitions on that page as well! Thanks Jess for posting!

Fran F (118)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 11:52 pm
Your signature has been recorded ~ Thanks, Jess.

Fran F (118)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 11:53 pm
Your signature has been recorded ~ Thanks, Jess.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 1:17 am
A hopeful movement: Working for justice in Israel-Palestine through boycott and divestment

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 3:03 am
Gladly S+S-thx Jess

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 3:10 am
Signed this and a few others before, thx. But JLA is very correct, quite misleading title here. Keep in mind that the PCUSA also voted to distance itself from the international BDS movement.
My"praise" is a moderate one, more so after they caved to zionist pressure and removed that booklet/study guide from their website.(as Sam posted)

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 6:15 am
Signed. Noted and shared on FB. Thanks Jess

Evelyn B (62)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 9:18 am
JL A - you are right - the focus was on those companies profiting from illegal occupation & abusive treatment of Palestinians, not Israel itself.

It was already a major struggle to gain a majority on this - many Presbyterians either fear being viewed as anti-Jewish, anti-semitic (effective AIPAC/hasbara manipulation of facts - ) or have been won over to a Christian-Zionist perspective) ... and in both cases,supporters opt to be blind to human rights abuses. Active intervention of JVP reassured many, and made the difference. Ironically, the Church has since distanced itself from the Zionism Unsttled book - although much of what is in this guide is discussed & recognised among Israelis in Israel ... including among Jewish Israelis.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 11:01 am
Thanks JL A, Angelika, Evelyn, others for clarifications. Much appreciated.
See this post, I think is worthy.
'Zionism Unsettled' Guide Is Removed From Presbyterian Church (USA) Website

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 2:12 pm
Another denomination also deserves praise:

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 2:19 pm
Noted and signed, thanks for posting Jess

Jane Hathaway (22)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 6:56 pm
N+S, thx.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 8:42 am
signed and noted thanks

fly bird (26)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 2:38 am
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