Presbyterian 221st GA

This year in Jerusalem...The Presbyterian Church (USA) will decide this Summer at its bi-annual General Assembly in Detroit (June 14-21, 2014) whether the time has come to align its words with its actions and stop investing in Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett-Packard–3 companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. This proposal comes from the grassroots of the church, having been approved for consideration by a number of Presbyteries across the United States. The proposal also comes recommended by the church’s Mission Responsibility Through Investment. This is the body of the church that implements the socially-responsible investment policies of the church. Read MRTI’s Report, in order to fully understand the bad behavior of these companies and the lack of progress in changing their behavior despite sustained corporate engagement.

We believe that the time to divest has come, and we support the church’s efforts.

There are additional overtures calling on the church to take economic action, by endorsing a boycott of Hewlett-Packard and by affirming the need for occupation­-free investments in Palestine as long as such investments do not contribute to the continuation of Israel’s occupation, including the building of Israeli settlements and barriers built on Palestinian land in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

These is a partial list of the overtures referring to Israel/Palestine to be discussed
at the General Assembly:

Overture 04-01: On Reviewing General Assembly Policy Regarding the Two­ State Solution in Israel Palestine
Overture 04-02: On Divestment from Caterpillar, Hewlett-­Packard, and Motorola Solutions
Overture 04-03: On Engaging Presbyterian to Witness for Palestinian Human Rights and for Ending the Occupation of Palestine
Overture 04-05: On Calling for a Boycott of All Hewlett­Packard Products
Overture 04-06: On Affirming Occupation­-Free Investment in Palestine
Overture 04-07: On Adopting the Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) Recommendation on Divestment
Overture 04-09: Resolution on Equal Rights for All Inhabitants of Israel and Palestine and on Conversations with Prophetic Voices
Overture 07-01: On Distinguishing Between Biblical Terms for Israel and Those Applied to the Modern Political State of Israel in Christian Liturgy

Here’s the voting guide of the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the PC(USA): pdf link
Here’s the briefing paper for Committee 4 by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship: pdf link

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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    Contact: Sydney Levy, sydney AT jvp.org Rabbi Alissa Wise, alissa AT jvp.org

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  • Mondoweiss reports on Presbyterian divestment vote

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  • Jews say: Divest for peace.

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  • Presbyterian divestment proposal spurs heated debate

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  • Noah T Winer speaks for boycotts

    Good morning.

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  • Rae Abileah speaks for boycotts

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  • Lev Hirschhorn speaks for boycotts

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  • Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb speaks for divestment

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  • Elisha Baskin speaks for divestment

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  • Rabbi Alissa Wise speaks for divestment

    לֹא-תִשְׂנָא אֶת-אָחִיךָ, בִּלְבָבֶךָ; הוֹכֵחַ תּוֹכִיחַ אֶת-עֲמִיתֶךָ, וְלֹא-תִשָּׂא עָלָיו חֵטְא.

    Lo tinaseh et achicha bil’vavecha

    You shall not hate your fellow human being in your heart. Rebuke your fellow human being but incur no guilt because of this person.

    Leviticus 19:17

    I am Rabbi Alissa Wise, from Jewish Voice for Peace, leading a divestment campaign on [...] Read more →

  • Hedy Epstein speaks for divestment

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  • Liza Behrendt speaks for divestment

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  • Ariel Vegosen speaks for divestment

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  • Carolyn Klaasen speaks for divestment

    My name is Carolyn, and I am a Jew who is excited to have Presbyterians among our allies as leaders in ethical investing. You will be joining the Quakers, who divested their largest retirement fun of Caterpillar shares because they consider their armored bulldozers to be weapons. You’ll be joining TIAA-CREF, which recently divested 72 [...] Read more →

  • Bekah Wolf speaks for divestment

    Good Afternoon.

    My name is Bekah Wolf. I grew up in congeregation Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM. I’m also in an interfaith relationship. In 2006, on my 4th trip to Israel/Palestine as an advocate for peace with Justice I met the man who would become my husband, a Palestinians farmer who was trying [...] Read more →

  • Sydney Levy speaks for divestment

    My name is Sydney Levy. I am for 15-11. I am Jewish, a graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Those that say that divestment will harm interfaith relations fail to recognize that American Jews are not a monolithic block and in fact positions are changing. Here’s an example. Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, who used to be [...] Read more →

  • Rae Abileah speaks against war in Iran

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  • Ariel Vegosen speaks against war with Iran

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  • LEILA RICHARDS: It’s not about Israel, it’s about freedom

    By Leila Richards

    Published: Saturday, June 30, 2012, 9:00 p.m. The Presbyterian Church (USA) is holding its General Assembly in Pittsburgh this Independence Day week. Recently, 700 Presbyterian commissioners received an open letter from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, signed by 15,000 people, asking them to reject the divestment of stock from [...] Read more →

  • Support Presbyterian Overture 15-2 laser-beam boycott of Ahava cosmetics

    Dear Presbyterian Delegates,As a Rabbi, for reasons deeply rooted in Torah, I am writing to support Overture 15-2 “On Boycotting Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories.” You have an opportunity to stand for human rights, peace and justice by supporting the overture to boycott Ahava cosmetics, which are made in a factory on occupied land with illegally [...] Read more →

  • Rabbinical Letter to Presbyterian Commissioners: On Stolen Beauty

    Dear Presbyterian Delegates,

    We are writing as Jewish clergy to show our support for Overture 15-2 “On Boycotting Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories and Hadiklaim (an Israeli Date Growers Cooperative).” You have an opportunity to stand for human rights, peace and justice by supporting the overture to boycott Ahava cosmetics, which are made in a factory [...] Read more →

  • Investment no substitute for divestment, says Palestinian Sam Bahour

    The below letter to US Presbyterians by Palestinian-American businessman Sam Bahour, published yesterday on Mondoweiss, explains which investment in Palestine, in the absence of divestment from Israel, only “underwrites the status quo of military occupation”. It is divestment, and not investment, that is most sorely needed, says Bahour. “We Palestinians don’t want a more beautiful [...] Read more →

  • Israeli group New Profile calls on Presbyterian Church to divest

    To Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk PCUSA

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    Dear Friends at PCUSA,

    Every organization and individual that wishes peace for Israelis and Palestinians needs to work towards ending Israel’s Military Occupation of Palestine–which is dastardly for the Palestinians and injurious for Israelis. To this end we encourage non-violent means of pressuring Israel’s [...] Read more →

  • Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb Responds to JCPA Letter to Presbyterians

    The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, a pro-Israel public relations organization, recently published a letter to the Presbyterian church in advance of its general assembly, to warn them against supporting divestment from companies supporting the occupation.

    Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb responds:

     

    June 8, 2012 Dear JCPA,

    I cannot sign this letter opposing PCUSA’s effort to [...] Read more →

  • JCPA Letter to Presbyterians: JVP, Sabeel Member Responds

    The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, a pro-Israel public relations organization, recently published a letter to the Presbyterian church in advance of its general assembly, to warn them against supporting divestment from companies supporting the occupation. David Glick, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace and Northern California Friends of Sabeel, responds:

     

    I am [...] Read more →

  • Debunking the Myth of Positive Investment

    Investment Adapting Advice and Counsel Memoranda from the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy – by the Editors of Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice

    JUNE 12TH, 2012

    Opponents to divestment have come out swinging. Fortunately, or unfortunately, they are mainly hitting air.

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  • Desmond Tutu: Justice requires action to stop subjugation of Palestinians (Tampa Bay Times)

    Justice requires action to stop subjugation of Palestinians

    By Desmond Tutu, special to the Times In Print: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    Desmond Tutu

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  • Caterpillar’s instransigence: Read the new MRTI Report

    Editor’s note: Here is a copy of the recently released report by the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) Committee. It summarizes a recent meeting between Caterpillar and representatives of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Methodist Church. Both churches are considering whether to divest from Caterpillar. This report documents Caterpillar’s intransigence [...] Read more →

  • Christians of the Holy Land (CBS News)

    The exodus from the Holy Land of Palestinian Christians could eventually leave holy cities like Jerusalem and Bethlehem without a local Christian population. Bob Simon reports.

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  • An open letter from Jeff Halper, of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

    As the Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), I have been proud to support the efforts of the Presbyterian Church to address Israel’s 45-year Occupation, and especially those of the Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI), in translating a courageous moral stand against oppression into concrete actions.

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  • I support the Presbyterian Church (USA) divestment resolution

    As a Jew, a rabbi and a person of conscience, I am voicing my support of the divestment resolution being brought to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) this June.

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