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  • Presbyterians delete sale of anti-Zionist tract from website

    June 30, 2014 | 10:08 am

    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) removed the sale of an anti-Zionist tract from its website.

    The move comes a week after the church voted to divest from three companies that do business with Israel’s security sector in the West Bank.

    “Effective immediately, the publication...

  • The Presbyterians’ Judaism problem

    June 27, 2014 | 11:44 am

    The Jewish world has been shaken by the decision of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest from three companies that it claims “further the Israeli occupation of Palestine.”

    The denomination has placed itself squarely on the side of the divestment movement that seeks to hold...

  • Does the Presbyterian divestment have widespread support among pastors? ‘Hell no’

    By Jared Sichel

    June 24, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    In Rev. Drew Sams’ Sunday sermon before his congregation at Bel Air Presbyterian Church on June 22 — just two days after the national umbrella organization of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) endorsed divestment from three companies that do business in Israel — Sams registered...

  • Presbyterians vote 310-to-303 for Israel ‘Occupation’ divestment

    June 20, 2014 | 6:39 pm

    The American Presbyterian church voted Friday by a slim 310-303 margin to divest itself of holdings in three companies accused of supporting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.

    The measure, which is a victory for the boycott Israel movement, means the church will sell...

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  • Presbyterian Church committee advances divestment resolution

    June 18, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    A committee of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) passed a resolution endorsing divestment from three U.S. companies that “profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.”

    The Middle East Issues Committee, in a 45-20 vote on June 17 at the church’s 221st General Assembly,...

  • An unsettling Presbyterian ‘study guide’

    March 19, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    The recent release of “Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide” by the Israel-Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church [PC(USA)] threatens irreparable damage to Jewish-Presbyterian relations. The document takes aim at the ideological, moral and historical...

  • Look between the headlines to understand the Presbyterians' vote

    July 16, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    The Presbyterian Church (USA)’s 220th General Assembly had just cast its first vote on an anti-Israel divestment resolution when the spin began. Major news outlets and activists on each side could hardly wait for the debate to finish the next day before declaring winners and...

  • Presbyterian Church’s narrow rejection of divestment unlikely to slow anti-Israel push

    July 6, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    Proponents of using economic pressure to force Israel out of the West Bank may have lost a key battle this week – by a hair’s breadth – but they have no intention of giving up.

    That’s the message from backers of a divestment motion at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian...

  • Presbyterian committee approves Israel divestment

    July 3, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    The country’s largest Presbyterian church has agreed to vote by week’s end on divesting its portfolio from three companies that it is says has resisted the request to stop providing services that aid Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

    The Presbyterian Church (USA) General...

  • Boycott, divestment and sanctions put allies at odds

    July 3, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    As a long-time advocate for peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I am pained that frustration over failure to achieve a just and lasting peace has led allies in the struggle to end up at odds over tactics like boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

    Two years...

  • Divestment: What the Presbyterian vote could mean

    July 3, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    In the next few days, the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA (PCUSA), will convene in Pittsburgh. If delegates pass any one of several resolutions calling for punitive economic measures against Israel, the Church will have capitulated to one of the worst assaults...

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