Methodists to Sell Shares as a Protest Over Israel

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN, The New York Times JUNE 12, 2014

The pension board of the nation’s largest mainline Protestant denomination, the United Methodist Church, has decided to divest its shares in a British company that supplies security equipment to Israel for use in prisons and in the occupied West Bank.

The move comes as Israel […]

United Methodist Church Divests From Security Firm Targeted For Work In Palestinian Territories

A United Methodist Church fund is divesting from a multinational security firm that activists have criticized for its work in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The church’s General Board of Pension and Health Benefits is selling its stock in the U.K.-based G4S, which provides equipment and services for Israeli prisons, checkpoints and settlements in the […]

Largest Mainline Protestant Church in U.S. Divests from Company Involved in Israeli Occupation


Amid concerns raised by church justice advocates, United Methodist Church Pensions sells all stocks in G4S, a supplier of security services and equipment for Israeli prisons, settlements, checkpoints and Separation Wall.

Los Angeles – The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) of The United Methodist Church, which manages an investment portfolio of […]

Open Letter to Presbyterian Church U.S.A. from the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace

I am writing this letter on behalf of a group of Americans of Palestinian Christian heritage, the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace. We feel deeply indebted to the Presbyterian advocates for the divestment overture, and we urge all Presbyterians to support it. Palestinian Christians, like the rest of Palestinian civil society, overwhelmingly support the use […]

Jewish Voice for Peace Responds to the Discussion Paper drafted by the Ecumenical and Interreligious Work Group of the Presbytery of Chicago

Jewish Voice for Peace submitted this paper to the Ecumenical and Interreligious Work Group for inclusion as an attachment to “PCUSA Support for a Just and Peaceful Compromise,” but the Group refused to include it in the final paper, reportedly for fear that other Jewish groups would refuse to participate.

American Muslims for Palestine issued […]

Join the Interfaith Coalition to Boycott SodaStream

We are Christians, Muslims, Jews, and other people of conscience calling on all consumers and stores to stop buying and selling SodaStream carbonation devices or other products made by this company. SodaStream manufactures these machines within an Israeli settlement in occupied Palestinian territory. These settlements are illegal under international law and are obstacles to peace. […]

Quakers divest from Hewlett-Packard and Veolia Environment

PRESS RELEASE September 26, 2012

Contact: Anne Remley agr1@me.com www.annarborfriends.org

Friends Fiduciary Corporation, an investment firm serving over 300 Quaker institutions in the United States, has dropped its holdings in Hewlett-Packard and Veolia Environment. The two multinational corporations are the focus of a global divestment and boycott movement that charges them with supporting Israel’s 45-year-old […]

The United Church of Canada boycott is in keeping with its principles

Thomas Woodley

The general council of the United Church of Canada (UCC) took a momentous decision last week. After years exploring the issue, and dialoguing with Muslim and Christian Palestinians, Jewish Israelis and Jewish Canadians, the UCC has decided to support a boycott of products from Israeli settlements.

In making its decision, the UCC has […]

The United Church brings difficult Israeli-Palestinian issue back into the mainstream

The United Church brings difficult Israeli-Palestinian issue back into the mainstream

The fact that the church dared to approach one of the thorniest and perhaps emotion-laden public policy issues for Canada and most other Western countries is significant.

By Peter Larson

Nearly 400 delegates gathered last week at the United Church of Canada’s general […]

Independent Jewish Voices commends United Church for finalizing stand against Israeli occupation

Ottawa (Aug 17, 2012)- “Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) congratulates the United Church of Canada for finalizing its decision to boycott goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem,” says Sid Shniad, the group’s spokesperson.

“Facing charges of bias and anti-Semitism for even considering such action, Church members assembled at […]