Presbyterians Divest From 3 Big Companies Over Israel
Church says H-P, Motorola, Caterpillar help build settlements
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2014 5:58 AM CDT
The audience takes part in an opening prayer at the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church at Cobo Hall, in Detroit on Thursday.   (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Guralnick)

(Newser) – The biggest Presbyterian denomination in the US made headlines last night by voting to divest from three big companies it says help Israel oppress Palestinians, reports Religion News Service. Presbyterian Church USA will sell its stock in Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions because it says Israel uses their products in its occupied territories. "In no way is this a reflection of our lack of love for our Jewish brothers and sisters," Heath Rada, the church assembly's moderator, told the assembly after the 310-303 vote..

But the American Jewish Committee said it was "driven by hatred of Israel." The AP says the decision "is expected to reverberate beyond the 1.8 million-member church" and could give momentum to a larger divestment movement known as BDS, or boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel. The measure that passed also affirms Israel's right to exist, but that did little to satisfy critics of the move, reports the Huffington Post. It makes Presbyterians the largest American church to back divestment as a way to pressure Israel.

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Jun 22, 2014 4:48 AM CDT
Thank God, a religion with a conscience. There is also a significant number of American Jews who support this, but they face being ostracized if they voice their opinions, because some Jewish people are very harsh, blind, and greedy. Kudos to the Presbyterians. Let them be an example to us all. Hewlett Packard needs to move out of Israel if they want me to ever buy their product again. Caterpillar bulldozers are sold in Israel so the Israelis can bulldoze the homes of the Palestinians, it isn't bad enough they moved Palestinians out of their homes in 1948, their lust for property makes them want more. AIPAC needs to stop lobbying and manipulating the American congress to the benefit of Israel. Any congressperson taking AIPAC campaign contributions should not be supported by the electorate, no matter what party they belong too. The Palestinian Holocaust must stop. I don't want my tax dollar going to support apartheid Israel.
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Jun 22, 2014 4:05 AM CDT
Presbyterians are inbred alcoholic swine-eaters.
Jun 21, 2014 11:51 PM CDT
I am currently shopping for a computer and a phone. Looks like Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions are on the list or possibles. Too bad I don't need a Caterpillar tractor. Everyone blames the Jews; but it was the Brits that partitioned Israel. No one speaks of how no one wants the Palestinians or how they were driven from Lebanon by that government in 1948 -- now known as Nakba Day. All we ever hear is Israel, Israel, Israel. Lebanon went on a scorched earth campaign and wiped out every vestige of Palestinian life in Lebanon. It was the Lebanese who scattered them not the Israelis. The Israelis have been much more kind to the Palestinians than the government of Lebanon. They are unwelcome wherever the go. No one wants them.