United Church of Christ votes to divest from Israeli companies in occupied territories

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Members vote during the United Church of Christ general synod 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo courtesy of United Church of Christ via Flickr

Members vote during the United Church of Christ general synod 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo courtesy of United Church of Christ via Flickr

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(RNS) The vote marks a victory for a broad international movement which aims to pressure Israel into extracting itself from Palestinian lands by a strategy known as BDS -- Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions.