Thursday, April 16, 2015

Episcopal group urges divestment in protest over Israeli occupation

From Aljazeera-

A committee of Episcopal leaders on Wednesday announced plans to lobby their church to divest from companies that profit from Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, arguing that Israel has abandoned efforts to forge peace and that Christians have a moral obligation to intercede on behalf of Palestinians.

If the committee succeeds in convincing the church to divest at its general convention in June in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Episcopal Church, one of America’s largest protestant denominations, will join a number of other Christian groups, including Presbyterian Church USA and The United Methodist Church, that have made similar divestments.

The action is part of a growing international movement to pressure Israel through economic tools — including boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS). Since 2005, when Palestinian civil society first appealed to international groups to employ BDS tactics, the movement has gained ground in universities, unions and religious communities.

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