Presbyterian General Assembly To Vote on Divestment Jewish Voice for Peace Applauds Middle East Committee Recommendation
Presbyterian General Assembly To Vote on Divestment
Jewish Voice for Peace Applauds Middle East Committee Recommendation
[June 5, 2014. Detroit] Jewish Voice for Peace applauds today’s vote of the Middle East Committee at the 221st Presbyterian General Assembly to bring the question of divestment from three American corporations to the floor of the convention later this week. The vote was 45 for, 20 against.
Rabbi Alissa Wise, Director of Organizing at Jewish Voice for Peace said: “I am so impressed by the deliberate and heartfelt process Presbyterians use to make urgent decisions of conscience. As we head into the larger plenary vote to affirm the committee's recommendation for divestment, I pray for the commissioners to have clarity of conscience as they seek to align Presbyterian values with their investments.”
Carolyn Klaasen, 27, from New York City part of Jewish Voice for Peace said: “Voting for divestment is a powerful statement of conscience. It speaks to the Presbyterian heartfelt witness and desire to realize an end to the Israeli occupation and for peace, justice and equality for Israelis and Palestinians. ”
Moriah Ella Mason, 27, from Pittsburgh who is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace said: “This vote comes after a full ten years of dialogue, study, corporate engagement, shareholder activism and more by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with the three American corporations– Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar, and Motorola Solutions --who have all refused to modify their practices. By all accounts Presbyterians have done their due diligence.“
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