Inside the Presbyterians’ Divestment from the Occupation of Palestine

by Carolyn Klaasen (pictured above, left, with Union M.Div. student Emily Brewer)

On June 20 I sat in the stands of the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, hands gripping those of my neighbor, waiting as the votes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) were slowly tallied on screen. When the final […]

No, Presbyterian Divestment Is Not Anti-Semitic

By Elisheva Goldberg

Yesterday, Jane Eisner, with whom I most often agree, wrote about the Presbyterian vote to divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions. These are three companies that reportedly participate in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank by providing heavy equipment for the construction of the barrier-fence, the destruction of Palestinian homes […]

Grapple with Reality


In response to “How a radical anti-Israel Jewish group colluded with the U.S. Presbyterian Church” (Eric Yoffie, June 23). Rabbi Eric Yoffie refuses to grapple with the reality of the occupation or to address the role Jewish American institutions play in repressing concrete actions to end Israel’s ongoing human rights violations against Palestinians. How […]

The Presbyterian Divestment Vote: Toward a New Model of Community Relations

By Brant Rosen

Jews and Presbyterians pray together during deliberations at the 2014 Presbyterian General Assembly in Detroit

In the wake of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s recent decision to divest from three companies that profit from Israel’s occupation, Jewish establishment leaders have been expressing their displeasure toward the PC(USA) in no uncertain terms.


Presbyterian Divestment – A Jewish Perspective

Monday, 16 June 2014, 5:36 pm Article: Tikkun Presbyterian Divestment – A Jewish Perspective

by Cantor Michael Davis, Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council June 15, 2014

The first time I wore a kippa and talit outside of a synagogue setting was four year ago outside a hotel in downtown Chicago overlooking the Chicago river. […]

Why I Support Divestment—Becca Hanna

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I’m a Rabbi and I Support Presbyterian Israel Divestment

A few years ago I was walking in the woods with a friend, a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church in Cape Town, South Africa. The Dutch Reformed Church was the leading promulgator of apartheid in South Africa, and they upheld the odious doctrine both politically and religiously almost to its end. I asked my […]

Presbyterian Church to vote on divestment from companies that profit from Israeli occupation of Palestine


Presbyterian Church to vote on divestment from companies that profit from Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Jewish leaders support growing movement to divest from Israeli occupation.

[June 5, 2014. New York] At its biennial General Assembly, June 14th to the 21st in Detroit, the 1.7 million-member Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) will […]

First do no harm, J Street

With nothing left to offer except hollow pep talks about the peace process, the liberal lobby is fighting BDS – together with the pro-Netanyahu, pro-occupation American Zionist right. Next stop: the Presbyterian Church USA’s General Assembly.

What is J Street doing? Why is it acting in concert with right-wing Zionist organizations like AIPAC and StandWithUs […]

An Israeli letter to the Presbyterian General Assembly

Dear friends in the Presbyterian Church (USA),

I am an Israeli Jew living in Tel Aviv. I will not be able to be present with you in Detroit this coming week. I volunteer my opinion with the hope that it may be of assistance to you as you make difficult decisions. I wanted to […]