Middle East Issues Committee Action Calling for Divestment from 3 American Companies
Vote YES on ammended 04-04.
The Middle East Issues Committee of the 221st General Assembly (2014) coalesced behind an overture to divest from Caterpillar, Inc., Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions, in accord with our church’s decades-long socially responsible investment history. The final recommendation incorporates amendments from many diverse viewpoints held by commissioners and delegates to assure that the recommended action is a carefully targeted and selective divestment from companies whose business practices or products are supporting the military occupation of the Palestinian Territories.
- Asks the PC(USA) to divest in the stocks of three companies
- Reaffirms Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign nation
- Declares the PC(USA) is committed to a two-state solution
- Affirms the importance of positive investments in Palestine that do not cause harm or support the occupation
- Encourages interfaith dialogue and relationship-building as part of our denomination’s peacemaking efforts in Israel-Palestine.
- Makes it clear this action does not mean alignment with the global BDS movement
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The Presbytery of New Covenant overtures the 221st General Assembly (2014) to:
1. Reaffirm Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign nation within secure and internationally recognized borders in accordance with the United Nations resolutions.
2. Declare its commitment to a two-state solution in which a secure and universally recognized State of Israel lives alongside a free, viable, and secure state for the Palestinian people.
3. Instruct the Presbyterian Foundation and the Board of Pensions of the PC(USA), to divest from Caterpillar, Inc., Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions, in accord with our church’s decades-long socially responsible investment (SRI) history, and not to reinvest in these companies until the Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee of the PC(USA) is fully satisfied that product sales and services by these companies are no longer in conflict with our church investment policy. This action on divestment does not mean an alignment with the overall strategy of the global BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions) movement.
4. Call for all presbyteries and congregations within the PC(USA) to include interfaith dialogue and relationship-building as part of their own engagement in working for a just peace.
5. Call for all foreign aid given by the U.S. government -- including aid to Israel and the Palestinian Authority—to be comprehensively and transparently accounted to the American people and held to the same standards of compliance with all applicable laws.
6. Call for church advocacy for foreign-aid accountability to be directed toward its universal adherence rather than targeted for selective application to some recipients and not others.
7. Encourage Presbyterians to travel to the Holy Land, and give broad support to the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities throughout the Middle East.
8. Affirm the importance of economic measures and cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians that support and advance a negotiated two-state solution.
9. Urge all church institutions to give careful consideration to possible investments in Israel-Palestine that advance peace and improve the lives of Palestinians and Israelis.