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(via email from Rob Kall)
OpEdNews Op Eds 6/21/2014 at 21:11:00
PCUSA Divests from Occupation Support Firms
By James Wall, OpEd News
"Ten years after the start of their divestment campaign against Israel's occupation of Palestinian land and people, the Presbyterian Church (USA) anti-occupation forces have finally removed that denomination's funds from the occupation.
"In their 221st biennial General Assembly Friday, PCUSA commissioners (delegates) voted 310-303 to divest all financial involvement in three U.S. corporations whose products are used to enforce Israel's occupation: Hewlett Packard, Motorola and Caterpillar. Hewlett Packard manufactures eye and face scanning devices used at Israeli checkpoints, Motorola provides communications facilities within the occupied areas; while Caterpillar makes bulldozers used by Israeli authorities to destroy Palestinian homes.
"The removal of PCUSA investments in those firms will neither end the occupation nor change Israel's tactics over a captive population. Total PCUSA investment in these firms is but a tiny portion of the Israeli military budget, a substantial amount of which is derived from annual U.S. gifts and loans.
"The vote was not about the money; it was a moral vote against the occupation." (...)
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