Jewish Journal


May 4, 2012

Methodists won’t divest from companies trading with Israel


At least for now, the United Methodist Church will not divest from three companies that trade with Israel. JTA reports:

Two-thirds of the approximately 1,000 delegates to the conference voted Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., against a motion to divest from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett-Packard.

Divestment advocates claim that products manufactured by these companies are used to repress Palestinians.

However, the conference also passed a motion supporting a boycott of products manufactured in West Bank settlements. More on the closely watched vote from Laurie Goodstein at the NYT.

Next up, the Presbyterian Church USA, which will vote on a divestment measure at its general assembly that begins June 30.

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