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  • U.S. Presbyterian Church to shed investments in Israel protest

    06/21/2014 6:02:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 13 replies
    courant.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Eric M. Johnson
    A deeply-divided gathering of U.S. Presbyterian Church elders and ministers narrowly voted on Friday to divest the religious group's holdings in three American companies it says have ties to Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian Territories. As a result of the vote the church will divest holdings worth roughly $21 million in Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions. "We as a church cannot profit from the destruction of homes and lives," said Reverend Gradye Parsons in a statement about the decision at its meeting in Detroit. "We continue to invest in many businesses involved in peaceful pursuits in Israel." Members of...
  • Israeli Apartheid’ – the new form of anti-Semitism

    03/02/2014 9:44:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-2-14 | John Duffy
    Israel’s policies cannot be compared to the racist internal policies of Apartheid South Africa. The Afrikaans word “apartheid” means “the state of being apart.” As well, apartheid was a system of racial segregation, through legislation, by the National Party of South Africa between 1948-1994. Under this system of governing, political representation for non-whites in South Africa ceased in 1970. Furthermore, in that same year, non-whites were denied citizenship. This racist policy forced the majority of non-white people to live in, and become members of, 10 tribally-based bantustans, or “homelands.” The white-led minority, represented by the National Party, also segregated education,...
  • Chicken Kiev or, Where Are Champions of Palestinians or "Indegenous" People Now?

    03/03/2014 7:39:41 PM PST · by JBGUSA · 3 replies
    My Own Writing | 3/3/2014 | jbgusa
    This post is about the rank hypocrisy we see in the West. And self-destructive hypocrisy. We don't criticize our enemies. Instead, we try to force the surrender of our allies. Thus the title, Chicken Kiev. The immediate setting is of course the Ukraine but this has happened before. During the 1970's through 1990's college campuses and other fashionable places were full of anti-apartheid movements. Since 2005 this has been replaced by anti-Israel "BDS" movement. At various times similar groups have championed more obscure causes such as rights of American Indians. The facts in these various situations are confusing and somewhat...
  • Sen. Schumer: BDS Is New Modern Anti-Semitism

    03/04/2014 3:40:26 PM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 3-3-14 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Schumer at AIPAC 2014NY Senator Charles Schumer railed Monday against the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, saying that the movement is a modern form of anti-Semitism. “It is very suspicious that those who boycott Israel don’t want to boycott anywhere else in the world,” Sen. Schumer told AIPAC. “I believe that those who call for boycotts of Israel without calling for boycotts of other neighboring nations are practicing, whether they know it or not, whether they admit it or not, a modern form of what we call anti-Semitism.” “The word that describes all of these acts is a very simple one:...
  • Ben Shapiro Crashes UCLA Divestment from Israel Hearing, Resolution Defeated 7-5

    02/27/2014 7:02:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 02/27/2014 | Paul Bois
    [Visit TruthRevolt.org.]On Tuesday night, the UCLA undergraduate student government heard public testimonies for nearly 9 hours — from 7 p.m. until 4 a.m. — on whether or not the university should go forward with a resolution to boycott and divest from businesses that allegedly “profit from the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.”The meeting, attended by over 500 people, began at 7 p.m. Tuesday night and ended 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Ben Shapiro, TruthRevolt.org Editor-in-Chief and UCLA alum, crashed the divestment hearing to blast both the student sponsors and those considering the anti-Semitic measure. Here’s the transcript: My...
  • Superficial Diversity of MLA

    01/06/2014 10:35:39 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | Malcolm A. Kline
    When you get right down to it, the institutions that cry the loudest for diversity, particularly in academia, aren’t that diverse themselves. “The pro-Israel campus groups Hillel International and the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) have been denied the right to present a discussion on Israel at the Jan. 9-12 Modern Language Association (MLA) convention in Chicago,” according to the JNS news service. “MLA’s convention includes a roundtable discussion that will feature supporters but no opponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.” “The discussion—titled ‘Academic Boycotts: A Conversation about Israel and Palestine’—is seen as a possible...
  • Divestment is Losing the Battle, Winning the War (Harvard Prez says No to Fossil Boycott)

    11/03/2013 4:40:45 PM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 13 replies
    Harvard Politics ^ | 10/12/2013 | Colin Diersin
    Last Wednesday, Harvard’s local chapter of the national divestment campaign received a sharp and public rejection from university president Drew Faust, who released a public statement that she will not support reinvesting Harvard’s endowment portfolio away from fossil fuels. The letter has been billed as a massive disappointment for divesters, whose path to reshaping how Harvard invests its massive endowment is rapidly narrowing. This narrative entirely misses the point of divestment. Divesters might have lost an important battle, but they’re winning the much more important war. If you speak to those involved in divestment campaigns at Harvard or abroad, you...
  • US pension giant to exclude Israel divestment resolution

    05/30/2013 9:14:48 AM PDT · by ilcenter · 3 replies
    5 Towns Jewish Times ^ | May 30, 2013
    A resolution calling for the boycott of Israeli firms will not be put to a vote at TIAA-CREF’s upcoming shareholders meeting. The move comes after the pension fund giant received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to “take no action” on a submission by pro-Palestinian activists. This followed the company’s warning by an Israeli civil rights group that passage of the resolution would violate NY and Federal law. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center, stressed that the development was “a major defeat for the extremist Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement taking aim at Israel.”...
  • TIAA-CREF asks SEC for OK to skip vote on Israeli divestment

    04/13/2013 11:17:51 PM PDT · by ilcenter · 3 replies
    TIAA-CREF officials are asking the SEC to allow it to take no action on a shareholder proposal by activist group Jewish Voice for Peace that would require it to consider divesting from companies that contribute to violations of human rights, including companies whose business supports Israel's occupation of the West Bank. Jewish Voice of Peace filed a shareholder proposal with the College Retirement Equities Fund on Feb. 8 that was signed by 200 investors, requesting that shareholders be allowed to vote on the issue at CREF's July annual meeting. The date and location of the meeting have not yet been...
  • Church of England reviews stake in Israeli rail

    07/08/2010 9:19:43 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 8 replies
    The Jewish Chronicle ^ | July 8, 2010 | Simon Rocker
    The Church of England is reviewing its investment in a company building Jerusalem's light railway amid concern that the tramline "will help to cement Israel's hold on occupied east Jerusalem". But the Church has stopped short of endorsing a campaign urged by Palestinian churches to boycott "everything produced" by Israel's West Bank occupation. The boycott call was made in a document known as 'Kairos Palestine', issued by Palestinian Christians last December. It denounces "Israeli occupation of Palestinian land" as "a sin against God and humanity". Last week, the Methodist Church voted to circulate the document among its members, taking up...
  • Presbyterian Church in US considers Israel divestment

    07/05/2012 8:12:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/5/12 | staff
    The largest Presbyterian group in the US is considering divesting from three major global companies over the Israeli military’s use of their products in the Palestinian territories. The proposal before the Presbyterian Church (USA) has outraged many Jewish groups, who sent representatives to the church’s national assembly in Pittsburgh this week to lobby against the measure. Divestment supporters say the targeted companies — Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Motorola — are profiting from Palestinian suffering. The American Jewish Committee, a public policy group, has said the proposal demonizes Israel and threatens Christian-Jewish relations. Debate and vote were scheduled for late
  • UN Could Take a Lesson from South Dakota

    03/12/2010 8:14:18 AM PST · by LSUfan · 3 replies · 281+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12 March 10 | Ben Evansky
    South Dakota is the latest state to have adopted terror-free investment policies that target companies doing business with Iran. It joins some 18 other states and the District of Columbia. Observers say these states can teach the UN Security Council a thing or two when it comes to punishing Iran. The South Dakota law will force its state controlled pension fund to divest itself from companies doing business in Iran. Right now there are three other states with similar bills to that of South Dakota; Alaska, Pennsylvania, and Mississippi. While the other two are gaining traction, Holton says he is...
  • A Stubborn People

    09/13/2009 5:20:04 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 1 replies · 430+ views
    "Postcards from Israel - Postcards from America" ^ | September 11, 2009 | Ari Bussel
    A Stubborn People by Ari Bussel Not taking action has a tendency of coming back to bite us. Mordechai Va’anunu, who exposed the atomic secrets of Israel, was motivated, according to Ha’aretz newspaper, “by reasons of principle: he was concerned that Israel's nuclear program was, in his view, out of control, that there wasn't Knesset supervision of the program, or public monitoring of any sort. Financial reward was not his motive. The fact is that he did not receive money from [the Sunday Times] for [the Times’] report." It was the mid 70’s when Va’anunu worked at the Nuclear Compound...
  • Pennsylvania Tobacco Settlement Fund to invest terror-free

    02/27/2009 7:39:58 PM PST · by LSUfan · 1 replies · 411+ views
    Center for Security Policy ^ | 27 Feb 09 | Christopher Holton
    Pennsylvania Tobacco Settlement Fund to invest terror-free; Policy prohibits investments from going to foreign companies tied to Iran and Sudan. The Pennsylvania Tobacco Settlement Investment Board (TSIB) adopted a resolution this week sponsored by State Rep. Josh Shapiro, that would prohibit Tobacco Settlement Investment fund monies from being invested in foreign companies tied to Iran and Sudan.
  • BREAKING SCANDAL: Obama’s Pastor Called for Divestment from Israel

    09/03/2008 11:45:29 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 27 replies · 306+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 9/3/08 | Bill Levinson
    Wright also called Zionism “racist” in the Trinity United Church of Christ’s official publications. Although the Trinity United Church of Christ’s Trumpet Magazine appears to be inaccessible, Barack Obama’s pastor failed to cover all of his tracks, and we have retrieved a .pdf file of Jeremiah Wright’s “This is Where I Came In.” (this_where_i_came_in) It is hosted at tucc.org (the Trinity United Church of Christ) and therefore cannot be a forgery or smear. Rep. Wexler (D-FL) and the National Jewish Democratic Council would doubtlessly prefer that voters, and especially pro-Israel ones, not know about this but Jeremiah Wright’s “This is...
  • Obama incorrectly claims membership of Senate committee (Meglomaniac Gaffe Alert)

    07/23/2008 1:46:33 PM PDT · by teddyballgame · 87 replies · 771+ views
    CNN ^ | July 23, 2008 | staff
    (CNN) – Responding to an Israeli reporter’s question Wednesday on his commitment to protect the Jewish state, Barack Obama pointed to a bill “we passed” in the U.S. Senate Banking Committee that tightens sanctions and authorizes divestment from Iran. “My committee,” he called it. Except that he isn’t a member of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. “Just this past week, we passed out of the out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee - which is my committee - a bill to call for divestment from Iran as way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they...
  • Presbyterian Church Steers Clear of Israel Divestment [but...]

    06/30/2008 9:13:22 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 4 replies · 154+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 6/30/8
    PALO ALTO, Calif. — As their biannual meeting concluded last week, Presbyterian Church leaders took some actions that irritated Jewish groups, but steered clear of the talk of divestment from Israel that ignited a firestorm in Presbyterian-Jewish relations in 2004. On Friday, the church's general assembly, in a 504-171 vote, approved a resolution endorsing a proposal for Middle East peace crafted in Jordan last year. Known as the Amman Call, the plan includes a "right of return" for Palestinian Arabs that Israel has rejected because it could produce a wave of immigration that would mean the demise of Israel as...
  • New Presbyterian statement against anti-Jewish bias 'infused with bias'

    06/16/2008 5:44:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies · 105+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-16-08 | HAVIV RETTIG
    Many of American Jewry's largest religious and advocacy groups have lashed out in the past few days at the Presbyterian Church USA for a new document published by the church that warned against anti-Jewish bias in the church's pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace. The new document "does more to excuse anti-Semitism and foster anti-Jewish motifs then it does to dispel them," according to a strongly worded letter to church leader Rev. Cliff Kirkpatrick, the stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church, from Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism; Rabbi Jerome Epstein, executive vice president of the United Synagogue...
  • Divest no evil-Methodists asked to single out Israel to join the Sudan as a target of sanctions

    04/29/2008 5:07:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies · 104+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-29-08 | JON HABER
    Methodists are being asked to single out Israel as sufficiently wicked to join the Sudan as a target of economic sanctions. While Barak Obama and John McCain have had to answer for the statements of their church leaders, neither Hillary Clinton nor George Bush have had to do the same, despite the fact that their church - the Methodists - are gathering in Fort Worth to take action that has real, rather than merely rhetorical, significance. During this week's General Conference, the United Methodist Church will be reviewing a number of resolutions urging divestment from companies doing business with Israel...
  • Obama’s Pastor Urged Divestment from Israel, Called Zionism Racism

    04/18/2008 1:14:51 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 12 replies · 247+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 4/18/08 | Bill Levinson
    We remind our readers that Jeremiah Wright’s accusation that Israel created an “ethnic bomb” to kill Black people and Arabs was first exposed at IsraPundit [http://www.israpundit.com/2008/?p=551]. Now we bring you more fresh revelations of anti-Israel hate speech from Barack Obama’s pastor of 20-plus years. With regard to the following, the United Church of Christ has ties to the Sabeel Ecuminical Liberation Theology Center, which refers to the creation of Israel (NOT the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the creation of Israel) as the Nakba or “catastrophe.” Trumpet Magazine The Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for almost 40...
  • Divestment: Coming to a Denomination Near You-Religious Left is ready for another long, hot summer

    04/03/2008 5:43:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 115+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | April 03, 2008 | Dr. Earl Tilford
    Divestment: Coming to a Denomination Near You   By Dr. Earl TilfordFrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, April 03, 2008 For a generation after World War II, particularly given revelations of the Holocaust, most American Protestant denominations embraced a more tolerant attitude toward Jews. Since the 1980s, however, there has been a marked shift, evident in the anti-Israeli positions adopted by more liberal denominations like the United Methodist Church (UMC); the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA); and the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA).At its April meeting in Fort Worth, the National Conference of...
  • Support Utah's Divestment from Iran

    02/25/2008 6:27:33 PM PST · by LSUfan · 4 replies · 153+ views
    YouTube ^ | 24 February 08 | Unknown
    Divest Iran
  • Methodists to Weigh Divestment as Tool to Shift Israel

    02/16/2008 12:16:03 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 36 replies · 154+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2008 | Rachel Pomerance
    The United Methodist Church is poised to become the next U.S. church to consider divestment from a company or companies operating in Israel, a strategy that has embroiled the Presbyterian Church (USA) and other denominations in controversy. At the church's quadrennial General Conference in April in Fort Worth, the Methodists, with more than 8 million U.S. members, will debate whether to pull church holdings in Caterpillar, which provides the Israel Defense Forces with bulldozers. The proposal from the Methodists' General Board of Church and Society comes as the church's women's division offers a 224-page study guide on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...
  • Phony, ignorant Christians

    01/27/2008 5:53:09 AM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 176 replies · 358+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 25, 2008 | Joseph Farah
    Paul warned us about times like this and the way people – including those claiming to be professing Christians – would act. I strongly believe Paul had in mind the kind of people who run major Protestant denominations like the United Methodist Church. Today, at an event in Fort Worth, Texas, leaders of the denomination, which boasts membership by President Bush and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, will consider divesting from all companies that do business with Israel. To say that even considering such an action is hateful, unbiblical, anti-Christian and evil would be an understatement. It's not even understandable except...
  • Methodist Agency Head Winker Wants Divestment of Caterpillar

    01/16/2008 11:07:10 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 52 replies · 293+ views
    from the Christian News Wire release: Methodist Lobbyist Takes Anti-Israel Divestment Agenda to Doorstep of Caterpillar Tractor "The United Methodist Board of Church and Society apparently believes that the roadmap for Middle East peace leads through Peoria, Illinois. Does anyone really think that punishing Caterpillar will help create a peace in the Middle East?" -- Mark Tooley, Executive Director UMAction Contact: Loralei Coyle 202-682-4131, 202-905-6852 cell, lcoyle@ird-renew.org; Radio Interviews: Jeff Walton, jwalton@ird-renew.org; both with the Institute on Religion and Democracy WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 /Christian Newswire/ -- The chief of the United Methodist Church's official lobby office is meeting tomorrow in...
  • Divesting from Iran: A Briefing from State and Federal Legislators

    07/26/2007 7:34:00 PM PDT · by humint · 4 replies · 186+ views
    aei ^ | Thursday, July 26, 2007 9:45 AM | aei
    As shrill partisanship dominates Washington, there remains one vital security issue that unites rather than divides America’s leaders: the growing threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran. While there are few ideal policy options, there has been a groundswell of state and national legislation to facilitate the divestment of funds from corporations working in the Islamic Republic. As Tehran continues to defy international demands, divestment may prove to be the most effective mechanism yet in curtailing Iran’s nuclear and regional ambitions. But what barriers to divestment exist? Is divestment little more than a symbol, or will it drive business...
  • Michigan Latest State to Target Sudan, Iran (Divestment)

    07/24/2007 8:38:06 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 436+ views
    AP ^ | July 24, 2007
    Michigan Latest State to Target Sudan, Iran July 24, 2007 AP WJLA/NewsChannel 8 LANSING, Mich. -- A growing list of states and universities across the country are pulling their investments from foreign companies that deal with Sudan, Iran and other nations accused of government-supported genocide or terrorism. It could be the largest wave of public divestment activity since efforts targeting South Africa and apartheid in the 1980s. Michigan is among the states that soon could join the effort. The state Legislature on Tuesday was to hold hearings on bills that would restrict the state's pension fund investments. According to the...
  • California Assembly Passes Historic Iran Divestment Bill

    06/09/2007 5:20:39 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 1,098+ views
    Iranians for a Secular Republic ^ | 6/5/2007 | Chip Englander & Collin McGlashen
    Sacramento, CA – Today, the California State Assembly overwhelmingly passed Assemblyman Joel Anderson’s (R-El Cajon) Assembly Bill 221 to divest California’s public retirement funds from key foreign businesses that invest in Iran. “I am gratified by my colleagues’ strong bi-partisan support for this legislation, which will end California taxpayers’ investment in key foreign companies that invest in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said Anderson. Democrat Majority Whip Fiona Ma, a primary co-author of AB 221, said, “When CalPERS and CalSTRS invest State retirement funds in Iran, they put these investments at risk.” “California’s taxpayers should not be investing in a...
  • Jerusalem bishop accused of corruption

    12/14/2006 6:48:42 PM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 330+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec 14, 2006 | ETGAR LEFKOVITS
    The chief pastor of the Anglican community in Israel, Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal, is facing mushrooming allegations of nepotism and graft which have clouded the end of his tenure in office, church officials said Wednesday. The corruption charges, the subject of a four-month internal church committee investigation, have prompted long-time opponents of the bishop to call for his immediate resignation. The internal church inquiry committee examined the allegations. It concluded that El-Assal arranged to have a tender for the insurance policy of employees of the church's two schools here issued to a company that promised to give half the commission...
  • Arab world's racism & Islamofascism's Jihad to isolate, demonize Israel (regardless what It does)

    10/16/2006 3:27:01 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 4 replies · 308+ views
    The Arab world's hatred, racism, & Islamofascism's Jihad drive to isolate, hurt and demonize Israel As Israel is the non Arab, non Muslim 'entity' in Islamo Arab world, the campaign of genocide on the Jews that has started (before the sophistication of excuses like "occupation" or so many new & more "modern" terms thereafter, whether it's emphasizing Israeli security checkpoints on Arab Palestinians -- branding them as "racist" -- more than all the checkpoints inside "proper" Israel on ALL Israelis that are ignored, or that lie of "apartheid wall" when it really seperates between the same Arabs but with different...
  • Freedom's new weapon

    09/14/2006 10:45:28 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 8 replies · 637+ views
    Center for Security Policy ^ | 12 September 06 | Center for Security Policy
    (Washington, D.C.): At a moment when things are not going particularly well in the War for the Free World - the global conflict with Islamofascism and its aiders and abetters in which, like it or not, we are currently embroiled - there is a bit of very welcome good news: America is employing at last a powerful new "weapon," one that may help turn the tide. Interestingly, this weapon is not being wielded by our men and women in uniform on the far-flung battlefields of this war. Yet, it has the potential not only to help them prevail there, but...
  • The vampire's kiss (divest-from-Israel campaigns)

    09/02/2006 10:28:20 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 3 replies · 202+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jon Haber
    The vampire's kiss -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- jon haber, THE JERUSALEM POST Aug. 31, 2006 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Legend (or at least Bram Stoker) posits that a vampire can only enter someone's home if he or she is invited across the threshold. There could be no metaphor more apt for the divest-from-Israel campaigns that have proliferated among schools, unions, cities and churches in the US and Europe over the last four years. "BDS" (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) as a tactic for anti-Israel activity and propaganda galvanized during the notorious UN World Conference against Racism in Durban in 2001 - just weeks before the 9/11 attacks....
  • University of WI Moves to Pull Sudan Investments (Too Little, Too Late)

    08/18/2006 2:28:11 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 1 replies · 132+ views
    Madison.com via AP ^ | August 18, 2006 | Ryan Foley
    University of Wisconsin System leaders moved Thursday to pull their assets out of companies that do business with the government of Sudan. UW could not invest in companies that work with the Sudanese government or are complicit in what the U.S. government and other countries consider genocide in the Darfur region in western Sudan under a resolution adopted by a committee of UW System regents. "This is an opportunity for us, on the grounds of humanitarianism, to do the right thing," said Regent Charles Pruitt, chairman of the regents' business and finance committee. The UW System would join 10 states...
  • The Religious Left's "Cycle of Violence" Schtick

    07/28/2006 6:55:52 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 4 replies · 348+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | July 28, 2006 | Mark D. Tooley
    The anti-Israel divestment campaign among U.S. churches has been largely defeated. But in the midst of the terrorists' war on Israel, the Religious Left's hostility to Israel continues. Religious Left church officials have responded to the conflict between Israel and Hezballah with their usual lamentations over "the violence." But it is "the violence" by Israel that exclusively concerns them. Typical among them has been the reaction of United Church of Christ president John Thomas. "We watch with horror and outrage as Israel punishes an entire population for the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier in Gaza, and as belligerence escalates with...
  • Divestment Derailed -- For Now

    07/20/2006 5:04:49 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 1 replies · 215+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | July 20, 2006 | Joel Mowbray
    Early in 2006, pro-Palestinian activists around the world were downright giddy at the momentum behind their efforts to brand an apartheid state and “divest” accordingly. At the year’s midpoint, however, the political cause that had looked so vibrant is now on the ropes following the defeat dealt it by Presbyterians at the church’s bi-annual conference last month. Meeting in Birmingham, the 500+ voting members of the Protestant denomination overwhelmingly disavowed the previous assembly’s enthusiastic embrace of initiating “a process of phased, selective divestment in multinational corporations operating in Israel.” But while the Presbyterians’ ostensible about-face is a huge blow for...
  • The Enemy Within

    07/04/2006 10:08:54 PM PDT · by croak · 12 replies · 630+ views
    Long ago the prophet Yeshaya warned, "Your ruiners and destroyers will come from amongst you" (49:17). It is doubtful whether that the truth of those words has ever been more evident than today. Last week the leaders of the Presbyterian Church, meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, engaged in three days of searching debate over whether to rescind a 2004 resolution calling for divestment from Israel. Similar resolutions have been passed in recent years by the Anglican Church of England and the American Episcopalian Church. Divestment resolutions are of immense propaganda value because they embed in the public mind a connection between...
  • Religion News in Brief [No Episcopal divestment of Caterpillar]

    06/29/2006 10:23:50 AM PDT · by SmithL · 151+ views
    AP ^ | 6/29/6
    LONDON - A Church of England body has reaffirmed its support for continued investment in Caterpillar Inc., despite concern over reports that Caterpillar tractors had been used by Israel to knock down Palestinian homes. The Ethical Investment Advisory Group said Monday in its annual report that it did not recommend disinvestment at this time because it had been informed that Caterpillar had made no sales to Israel in recent years, and because it did not wish to do anything to impede negotiations between Israel and Palestinian authorities. But the panel "was clear that, were sales to resume, the matter would...
  • Presbyterians vote 483-28 to cancel divestment from Israel

    06/23/2006 7:18:17 AM PDT · by veronica · 18 replies · 561+ views
    Jpost ^ | 6-23-06 | NATHAN GUTTMAN
    The Presbyterian Church USA has ended its two-year policy of divesting from companies doing business with Israel and adopted a new resolution which does not single out Israel as a target for divesting funds. The new policy was approved Wednesday by the general assembly of the church gathered in Birmingham, Alabama, winning an overwhelming 483-28 majority. According to the new language adopted by the Church, investments in the Middle East should be done "in only peaceful pursuits" and will be subject to the same scrutiny as any other investment. The term "divestment" is not included in the resolution. The Church's...
  • Anti-Israel Divestment Collapses

    06/23/2006 3:26:16 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 4 replies · 276+ views
    American Spectator ^ | June 23, 2006 | Mark Tooley
    The movement to divest in firms doing business in Israel is collapsing. Even leftist-governed mainline Protestant denominations are backing away from the idea. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly abandoned its support for anti-Israel divestment this week. Discredited ideas survive the longest in academia and in liberal church bureaucracies, both of which are ideologically insulated from reality. Anti-Israel activists lost steam on left-wing university campuses several years ago, when charges of anti-Semitism persuaded otherwise politically correct faculty to relent. That left only the declining mainline Protestant denominations as a last recourse. Influenced by vestiges of liberation theology, the religious left...
  • Presbyterian Seminaries: Schools for Anti-Semitism?

    06/21/2006 9:27:01 AM PDT · by connell · 5 replies · 228+ views
    In recent years, a curious thing has happened among many left-leaning clergy and scholars in mainline Christians churches: They’ve embraced the Palestinian cause, vilified Israel, and held Jewish groups at arms length. Is it a case of old-fashioned anti-Semitism? Or is it something worse? Christian religious leaders and scholars from mainline churches are giving the Judeo-Christian heritage a new twist: Islam. Those with a left-wing bent have been working overtime in recent years to find common ground with Muslims – all, ironically, while holding Jewish groups at arms length. Across the country, they regularly participate in “interfaith dialogues” – a...
  • Former CIA director, peace activists testify on divestment policy (PCUSA)

    06/20/2006 3:12:53 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 296+ views
    The Layman Online ^ | June 17, 2006 | John H. Adams
    BIRMINGHAM -- Nearly 50 people -- including a former U.S. government official who served as a European ambassador and later directed the CIA - spoke during an intense hearing Friday on the divestment policy of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Nearly equal numbers opposed and favored the resolution of the 216th General Assembly that called for "phased selective divestment" of PCUSA holdings in corporations doing business with Israel. The majority of the overtures being reviewed by the assembly's Committee on Peacemaking and International Issues oppose the one-sided divestment policy that has spawned worldwide opposition from Jewish groups. A few favor the...
  • Presbyterian Seminaries: Schools for Anti-Semitism?

    06/15/2006 8:13:50 AM PDT · by connell · 4 replies · 260+ views
    In the coming days, leaders of the Presbyterian Church USA will take up a controversial issue – whether to divest from Israel. Why do these Presbyterians think as they do? Their critics overlook the obvious: It’s because of what’s being taught in some Presbyterian seminaries, where future church leaders are inculcated with the moral and religious foundations that shape their world views. Leaders of the Presbyterian Church USA take up an old obsession in the coming days: Israel. They’re expected to vote on whether to divest from some multinationals doing business there – a controversial process launched at last year’s...
  • Don't call it Divestment - call it the Nuremberg Trials

    06/13/2006 1:19:18 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 20 replies · 501+ views
    Haaretz ^ | June 12, 2006 | Shmuel Rosner
    A coalition of Jewish and Christian institutional investors - Jewish Voice for Peace, Sisters of Loretto, Mercy Investment Program, Sisters of Mercy, Maryknoll Sisters and Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers - joined in a resolution calling for the separation of the roles of CEO and Chairperson at Caterpillar, Inc. They say that they hope to encourage "corporate accountability." But what they really want is to scare the hell out of the corporation's management, from which they want action - against Israel. This coming Wednesday thousands of delegates to the Presbyterian General Assembly in Alabama will discuss the "violation of human rights...
  • Naim Ateek, "peacemaker"

    06/08/2006 10:50:07 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 7 replies · 862+ views
    Stand for Israel ^ | June 8, 2006 | Staff
    It's the season for denominational conventions. We've already told you what's on the agenda of the Presbyterian Church (USA). But who will the Episcopalians be honoring at their General Convention, which runs June 13-21 in Columbus, OH? The Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) will give its 2006 EPF John Nevin Sayre Award to the Rev. Canon Naim Ateek, director of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, and Madeline Trichel, director of the Interfaith Peace Center in Columbus, Ohio. Here are some words from Rev. Ateek, the "peacemaker": 1989: "It has taken me years to accept the establishment of the...
  • Presbyterians Bearing False Witness

    06/03/2006 9:22:46 AM PDT · by bornacatholic · 47 replies · 849+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 06/03/06 | Diana Applebaum
    Last October, American soldiers serving in Iraq stripped the dead body of a young man, tied it to the back of a humvee, and dragged it through the city. No such incident ever happened, of course. To publish such a story would be to slander America’s men and women in uniform, and we would be right to entertain questions about the motivations and prejudices of a person who would not only accept but repeat such a story. The story, however, is of a familiar type. Stories casting enemy soldiers as inhumane monsters capable not only of desecrating a dead body,...
  • Pro-Palestinian Jew lobbies for PCUSA's divestment resolution

    06/01/2006 2:21:35 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 8 replies · 243+ views
    Pro-Palestinian Jew ^ | June 1 2006 | Layman
    Norman G. Finkelstein, who invariably introduces himself as the Jewish son of survivors of Nazi concentration camps, has joined the lobbying effort to get the Presbyterian Church (USA) to begin its one-sided policy of "phased selective divestment" of its holdings in corporations that do business with Israel. Finkelstein posted on his Web site a copy of a letter he sent to commissioners and delegates to the 217th General Assembly and thumbnail photographs of a group of Presbyterians packaging and mailing the letter, along with one of his books, Beyond Chutzbah. (Click the photos and they enlarge.) Frankelstein's Web site pictures...
  • Presbyterian Terror

    05/31/2006 5:05:50 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 10 replies · 474+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | May 31 2006 | Robert J. Avrech
    ...... Which leads us to the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). Two years ago PCUSA passed a resolution calling for "phased, selective divestment in multinational corporations operating in Israel." Apparently, this was not a resolution called for by the rank and file of the church, but by a number of radical left leaders. Not content with the classic leftist divestment tactic, elements of PCUSA, from the Chicago Middle East Task Force, met with leaders of the terrorist organization Hizbullah in Lebanon. Hizbullah, of course, is funded by Iran, does not recognize Israel’s existence, and is sworn to "the destruction of the...
  • US Presbyterian Leaders Challenge Church's Flawed Divestment Policy

    05/29/2006 10:48:12 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 3 replies · 221+ views
    Solomonia ^ | May 29 2006 | Solomonia
    US Presbyterian Leaders Challenge Church's Flawed Divestment Policy A press release from the National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel: US PRESBYTERIAN LEADERS CHALLENGE CHURCH’S FLAWED DIVESTMENT POLICY AGAINST ISRAEL & CALL ON PC-USA 217TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO RESCIND IT Completing a five-day fact finding mission throughout Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, a group of eleven Presbyterian Church (USA) leaders announced today that the Church’s current policy to divest their $7 billion pension fund against the State of Israel is flawed and called on the PCUSA’s over 500 voting commissioners to rescind the policy at their upcoming General Assembly June...
  • (Sabeel) Liberation Theology in the Middle East

    05/23/2006 8:59:41 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 5 replies · 209+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | May 23, 2006 | Mark Tooley
    "Liberation Theology" was the theological justification for Western church groups that backed Marxist revolution 20 and 30 years ago. Its influence waned with those failed revolutions, especially in Latin America, but it continues to shape intellectual life in the Middle East, as a tool against Israel. The Jerusalem-based Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center coordinates the anti-Israel advocacy of U.S. church groups. Sabeel guides and leads U.S. church delegations when they come to the Middle East, where they are exposed primarily to a pro-Palestinian perspective. When Sabeel conducts conferences in the U.S. or Canada, North American denominations host and promote the...
  • Panel to address Israel divestment plan

    05/20/2006 6:57:21 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 3 replies · 353+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | May 20. 2006 | Nathaniel Hoffman
    On the plane back from a recent conference in Israel, Presbyterian Pastor Will McGarvey met members of another Christian tour group. They had visited many Christian holy sites on their tour, but they did not travel to Bethlehem or to any Palestinian cities in the West Bank. "Some folks go over and see the holy sites and don't ever talk to a Palestinian," said McGarvey, sitting amid stacks of papers and books in his office at the Community Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg. "The Christian community in the United States is very divided when it comes to questions of Israel and...