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