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Jewish Groups Anticipate Rupture After Presbyterians Vote to Divest

By: JTA

(JTA) — Jewish groups predicted a rupture with Presbyterians in the wake of a close vote favoring divestment from three companies that deal with Israel’s security forces in the West Bank.

The Presbyterian Church-USA biennial General Assembly approved the measure 310-303 late Friday evening after hours of at times emotional debate. The resolution divests from three companies, Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett-Packard. A similar resolution was narrowly defeated at the last biennial in 2012.

Some of the delegates promoting the resolution were at pains to distance it from the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, noting that it targeted only American companies profiting from West Bank security systems, and successfully added amendments making the distinction clear.

Others said that the resolution, coupled with an anti-Zionist tract released earlier this year by a church committee, allied the church with groups that seek to dismantle Israel.

The “decision will undoubtedly have a devastating impact on relations between mainstream Jewish groups and the national Presbyterian Church (USA),” Rabbi Steve Gutow, the president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the umbrella body for Jewish public policy groups, said in a statement.

“We hold the leadership of the PCUSA accountable for squandering countless opportunities, not only to act responsibly to advance prospects for Middle East peace, but also to isolate and repudiate the radical, prejudiced voices in their denomination,” Gutow said.

Other groups anticipating a rift included the Anti-Defamation League, the Union for Reform Judaism and the American Jewish Committee. Many of the groups sent delegations to the general assembly.

Jewish Voice for Peace, which campaigned at the General Assembly for divestment, welcomed the vote.

“We are grateful the church voted not to profit from the suffering of Palestinians under Israel’s 47-year-old occupation,” said the group’s deputy director, Cecile Surasky, in a statement. “Now that US-backed peace talks have proven to be ineffective, we hope that others, including Jewish institutions, will follow suit. Divestment has become one of our best hopes for change.”

The URJ’s president, Rick Jacobs, had in a personal appearance on Thursday invited the church’s leadership to join him in making the case against West Bank settlement in a meeting this week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as long as the resolution was rejected.

Earlier Friday, the general assembly also approved a resolution that called for reviewing the church’s commitment to a two-state outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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15 Responses to “Jewish Groups Anticipate Rupture After Presbyterians Vote to Divest”

  1. The mainstream protestant churches were hijacked by the Left decades ago.

  2. Targeting "only American companies profiting from West Bank security systems" makes this particularly vile. It means attempts to stop Jew killing are deemed immoral.

  3. How stupid and self-defeating, to divest from three of the most profitable companies in the world. I spit on the Presbyterian Church. The very close vote shows that at least almost half of them are still capable of rational thought. Maybe they will split off and form a new church.

  4. Elyse Dorm says:

    That's not true most practicing protestants are Republicans, being a Democrat sort of goes against fundamental beliefs.

  5. Dennis R. Laffer says:

    And the Presbyterians are saying what about the murder of Christians within the Islamic world? And the Jews supporting BDS say what about Arab anti-Semitism and the call to exterminate Jews? Let them live in Gaza and see how much they will be loved.

  6. Sientje Seinen says:

    Not all protestant churches, I agree, the United Church of Canada, the Presbyterian, the roman catholic all speak with forked tonque. Shalom and G-d bless

  7. Yechiel Baum says:

    so why bother letting these Christians visit Israel and being taught and employed by Jews?

  8. é triste, mas eles estão a cada dia se distanciando da Palavra de Deus. Há outras igrejas Presbiterianas que apoiam Israel, esta não é a unica em USA.

  9. Joseph Colen says:

    My last conversation with a Presbyterian minister was triggered by the fact that he told me that he was an atheist.

  10. If that Christian Church wants to divest,they should just stop buying and usin anything from Israel or invented in Israel.. Don't use a computer with a Intel chip,Don't let your Doctor order an MRI on you,Don't use your smart phone Especially take the sim card out of your phone,don't use soaker hoses or drip irrigation in your garden. Buy brand name drugs to avoid the cheap high quality generics made by the biggest generic drug Co (Israeli), Demand that us military stop using Drones( Invented in Israel) Go back to living in a cave ,that way you don't have to worry about helping the Jewish state.

  11. Most BDS advocates are flat out antisemites who want to destroy Israel. That includes many Chrisntian churches. They never protest about the persecution of their fellow Christians in the Arab world where they are frequently murdered just because they are Christians. "It's OK they Arabs aren't Jews." "To H-ll with worrying about the persecution of the Coptic Christians in Egypt, lets go after the Jewish country." . Does any of this BDS by a Christian orgaization bother you? We went from being " Christ Killers "to being unfair to the Palestinians. Any cause will do

  12. Edward Lobel says:

    I wonder of the Presbyterian has divested from the companies that sell arms to the Palestinians? I wonder if they are boycotting all the companies in countries that sell and resell arms to the Palestinians or is it just a Jewish thing? If the were serious they would boycott all companies that sell arms directly or indirectly to the Palestinians!

  13. The BDS movement will not bring down Israel. It has survived wars, terrorism and economic crises. The BDS movement is a disgrace and it must be continue to be targeted by Israel to expose its real agenda.

  14. I support your comments Stuart. Muslims are killing Christians in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere and Christians in the West put their heads in the sand.

  15. Noel Eliscu says:

    I cannot understand why they voted that way. It can only mean they are anti Zionists. Muslims are killing christians all the time except in Israel. Why is that ?

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