Saturday, July 7, 2012

Presbyterians Support Boycotting Certain Products

Dear Friend,

You've no doubt heard of the close vote (333 - 331) against divesting in CAT, Motorola and H-P by the PCUSA General Assembly in Pittsburg on Thursday, July 5, 2012.

What is not so widely known is a vote in FAVOR of boycotting products produced on (confiscated) Palestinian land by Israelis.

Here is the press release by Jeff DeYoe of the Isr/Pal Mission Network:

Presbyterian General Assembly Passes Boycott Motion

July 6, 2012

Following last night’s vote by the plenary of the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) on a motion to divest from three companies whose products are used in non-peaceful pursuits in the occupied Palestinian territories, the plenary has voted in favor of a separate resolution to boycott products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, including Ahava Dead Sea beauty products and dates grown by Israeli cooperative Hadiklaim.

Although the plenary failed to pass the divestment motion, its approval of the boycott resolution sends a strong signal nonetheless that the Presbyterian Church (USA) supports those Palestinians who are using peaceful means to secure their freedom and human rights in the face of Israel’s 45-year-old military occupation and colonization of their lands. The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) believes this is a positive step and hopes the church will continue to support Palestinians who are struggling nonviolently to achieve freedom and self-determination.

The razor thin margin of last night's vote on divestment, which was defeated by just two votes, demonstrates that the General Assembly remains divided on both divestment and investment, and has failed to provide a clear mandate on these issues. Sadly, it is the millions of Palestinians living under occupation who will pay the price for this lack of a moral directive.