United Methodists vote to divest from Israel-linked companies

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United Methodist church members have voted to divest or have their funds divested from companies linked to Israel at four recent church conferences in the US. The companies which have been targeted include Caterpillar, Motorola, Hewlett Packard and General Electric. According to BDS supporters, these companies have been involved with “Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.” Anti-Israel activists have moreover moved to ask the denomination’s General Board of Pension and Health Benefits to divest its holdings in companies profiting from the “occupation.” “Our denomination has a long history of upholding human rights around the world. The question now is whether we will bring the same resolve to the situation in the Holy Land, where our fellow Christians have asked for our help,” a spokesperson stressed. United Methodist Kairos Response, which heads up the BDS campaign, is a global grassroots network of clergy within the United Methodist Church “working to end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.”

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