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Presbyterian Divestment

by Joel Reinstein category: Other

“I support the Presbyterian #ChurchDivest standing for a just peace in Palestine/Israel! Interfaith petition: http://thndr.it/1sh7I9r

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Presbyterian Divestment

At its 221st General Assembly, the Presbyterian Church (USA) will be voting on a number of overtures regarding Palestine/Israel, including an overture to divest from companies complicit in Israel's violent oppression of Palestinians. This is the culmination of a decade-long grassroots campaign to strengthen the Church's witness by standing for a just peace.

At the last General Assembly, a similar overture was narrowly defeated 333-331. Since then, the international movement for boycott and divestment has picked up momentum, scoring victories at student governments, academic associations, financial institutions, and churches. Just this month, the United Methodist Church and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation both divested from G4S, a security company complicit in Israel's arbitrary detention and torture of Palestinians.

The overtures for a just peace in Palestine/Israel facing the Presbyterian Church are not only about divesting from human rights abuses. They could be a tipping point in the international boycott and divestment movement. They give the Church an opportunity to send a message to the Palestinians: your call has been heard, and will be answered. We will not patronize you with false charity while you suffer an unspeakable injustice, but will stand with you in solidarity as we bear witness.

Now is the time to stand on the right side of history.

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Joel Reinstein
@JoelReinstein

Detroit-area Palestinian solidarity activist with then newly-formed Michigan Coalition for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel

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