Presbyterians to divest over Israel policies

June 22, 2014 9:50 PM

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Presbyterians to divest over Israel policies

DETROIT: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has become the most prominent religious group in the United States to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, voting to sell church stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories. The General Assembly voted Friday by a razor-thin margin – 310-303 – to sell stock in Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions. Two years ago, the General Assembly rejected a similar divestment proposal by two votes.

Omar Barghouti, a founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, praised the vote as a “sweet victory for human rights.”

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