June 20, 2014

Presbyterians narrowly vote to divest from 3 companies involved in Israeli/Palestinian conflict

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At its 221st General Assembly meeting in Detroit, Mich., the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted June 20, 2014, to divest church funds from American companies that, divestment supports said, profit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory.

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At its 221st General Assembly meeting in Detroit, Mich., the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted June 20, 2014, to divest church funds from American companies that, divestment supports said, profit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory.

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(RNS) The 310-303 vote marks a victory for divestment supporters both within and without the 1.8 million-member PCUSA, now the largest American church to embrace divestment as a strategy to pressure Israel to return its illegally held lands.

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  • johnny

    Yeah I’m not sure why anyone writes articles on a combusting denomination that’s 10 years from non-existence that spends their time focusing on psychotic votes. The impact is zilch.

  • George Achimbi

    IT IS NOT FOR US TO JUDGE ONE ANOTHER AS THE CHOICE OF A MARRIAGE PARTNER.

    THE LORD SAID ” JUDGE NOT THAT YOU NOT BE JUDGED “.

    THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PCUSA HAS TAKEN THE RIGHT STEP – TO ALLOW OUR PASTORS TO OFFICIATE AT ALL MARRIAGES – BE THEM HETEROGENEOUS OR HOMOGENEOUS.

  • Doc Anthony

    Wow. PCUSA really seems hell-bent on taking itself to Hell.

    (And this time, they’ve succeeded. Big-time!!)

    So you folks please enjoy your stay Down Below, you’ve certainly earned it!

  • Neon Genesis

    I fail to see how someone can call themselves a Christian and support the persecution of the Palenstians at the same time.

  • walt kovacs

    but supporting the persecution of the jew? now thats a good christian value? right?

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  • Dean

    Presbyterianism = Antisemitism

  • samuel h

    ” a strategy to pressure Israel to return its illegally held lands.”

    Americans have no right to say anything until they give texas back to mexico and most of the northern states back to Canada, oh and America back to the English. if the Canadians were palistinians they would bomb our women and children daily and then blame us for doing it, and we would use rockets, guns, and eventually nuclear bombs if necessary to stop them. the Canadians are Godly civil people, the Israelis are Godly civil people that have done everything in their power to appease an enemy that will not stop until every Jew is dead. Americans are the biggest hyppocrites I have ever met. support Hammas, give hammas texas if you are so worried about them.

  • Nick

    This is absolutely shameful!! The Scriptures say to support our Jewish brothers in the Homeland, not to divest in their companies! I hope people out there know that not all Christians are like this and that this is a small and harmful minority! I did more research on this issue and wound up at the Facebook page for the Knesset Christian Alliance Caucus which condemns the decision of the Presbyterian Church. Check out their page if you want to follow in the path of god and support our Jewish brothers in the Homeland!!

  • Nick
  • hmpierson

    Don’t forget, the Presbyterians published a tract this January that says Israel has no right to exist as a nation.

    To me this is far worse than their decision to divest 3 of the many companies they will continue to hold that do business in Israel

  • hmpierson

    “As a Christian” how about divesting from companies that do business in Saudi Arabia?

    You do know that Saudi Arabia forbids Christians to congregate for prayer within Saudi Arabia?

  • ed kishel

    The Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) did the right thing. They get my vote as a loving Christian!

  • fred

    Then why bother to comment?

  • fred

    Israel ethnically cleanse 800000 Palestinians in 1948-67. Included in that number are 80000 Palestinian Christians. The church did the right thing. If every American took a look how the Israelis dehumanize the Palestinians in the West Bank I really doubt the support Israel gets now from the majority of the American people would be there.

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  • Lles Nats

    Why have they failed, now that they condemned israel for its own actions?

  • Lles Nats

    Screw that. Antisemitism is just like libbies yelling how everyone hates them if they dont agree with them. In fact, its the genesis of the current libby battlecry.

  • Lles Nats

    Circle the wagons judah. You need to crucify another group of people who don’t agree with you murdering and imprisioning and stealing.

  • Lles Nats

    Yep. And why doesn’t this come into the common american plebeian consciousness? Media silence and when reported…spin propaganda for all things israel.

  • Lles Nats

    After reading a sampling of these comments, my suspicions are confirmed. Jews are very well represented on these boards.

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  • Rocky Lore

    I find it funny that the same liberals who claim to be champions of gays would support the Muslims who advocate killing gays and not the only LGBT-friendly country in the Middle East.

  • Rocky Lore

    I fail to see why you liberals who claim to be champions of gays and women would defend Islam. Try being gay in a Muslim country and tell me if you survive.

  • Rocky Lore

    The Presbyterians are like the Nazis. THey hate Jews and support the Muslims who advocate killing gays.

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  • Larry

    So when are you going to get around to mentioning the several million Sephardic Jews ethnically cleansed from the Middle East and Africa from 1948 to present?

    Of course you won’t.

    You are just repeating the party lines of the Arab League and Iran. The sugar daddies for the Palestinians. Keeping them awash in high end weapons but not a dime for infrastructure of economic aid. 65 years of armed struggle got them squat. Even when they vacated its settlements in Gaza, it did nothing to stop the Iran funded attacks on Israel. The West Bank needs to play nice with Israel otherwise it becomes a landlocked mess. The Palestinians already ruined relations with Jordan and Lebanon. If Israel vacated and kept its borders tight, the Palestinians would be even more $crewed.

    Not a single Palestinian leader is worth a bucket of horsecrap. If every person supporting the “poor suffering Palestinians” got a look at the people they are supporting, the corrupt gangsters beholden to foreign powers, they would change their tune awfully fast.

  • Larry

    OMG THE VAST ZIONIST CONSPIRACY IS RUNNING FREE ONLINE!!!

    Quick Lles, get to the bunkers!!!!!

  • Lles Nats

    Your conclusion, not mine. Mine was only an observation

  • Larry

    I am just characterizing your observation in the plainest terms possible.

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  • Larry

    I don’t get the liberal support of the Palestinians either.

    Then again, I find your knee-jerk anti-muslim rants to be silly, ignorant and irritating as well.

    Far left and far right both think I am a jerk. Go figure.

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