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Boycott Calls Against Israel
[Haifa U, Gender] Dalit Baum in support of The Presbyterian Church BDS motion


Dr. Dalit Baum

University of Haifa, Gender Studies

 

From:  On Behalf Of smamit_d@netvision.net.il
Sent: Friday, July 06, 2012 7:33 PM
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Subject: [bfw] PRESS RELEASE: Presbyterian GA Passes Boycott Motion

 

(my apologies for multiple postings)

 

Dear friends,

 

For those of us who spent yesterday listening to the debate at the Presbyterian General Assembly in Pittsburgh, it was exciting to hear the powerful testimonies on the floor and the strong consensus in the conference against the occupation. It was bitterly disappointing, however, to see the vote split in the middle 50/50 with two votes for the opposition (333-331 with 2 abstentions). The action called for by Palestinians themselves, divestment from Caterpillar, HP and Motorola did not pass yesterday, and it was replaced by a colonial-mentality idea of investment in the Palestinian economy.

 

But the close vote shows again how investment in the occupation is a crisis of conscience for the church. It is important to see how all the major church institutions have supported divestment and today have kept trying to solve this crisis by offering other ways forward. The assembly voted today by 57% to accept a recommendation by the Board of Pensions to create a "choice of conscience" option for Pension holders troubled by investments in Caterpillar, Motorola, and Hewlett Packard, which would be voted on for approval at the next General Assembly.

 

Finally, for the good news – the vote this morning was overwhelmingly in favor of the boycott of all settlement products. See the press release below.

 

Dalit

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
July 6, 2012

Presbyterian General Assembly Passes Boycott Motion

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 cooperateive 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.

 

PRESS CONTACT: 
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey DeYoe, IPMN Advocacy Chair
386-793-1412
info@theIPMN.org 
www.theipmn.org

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