Methodists reject motion to divest from Israel (JERUSALEM POST) By JTA 05/04/12)
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WASHINGTON - The general conference of the United Methodist Church
voted not to divest from three companies that trade with Israel.
Two-thirds of the approximately 1,000 delegates to the conference
voted Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., against a motion to divest from
Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett-Packard.
Divestment advocates claim that products manufactured by these
companies are used to repress Palestinians.
The conference passed motions opposing Jewish settlements in the West
Bank, recommending the boycott of products manufactured in
settlements, and investment in the Palestinian economy.
Language that would have affirmed the Kairos Document prepared by
Palestinian Christians endorsing divestment and boycotts and
upholding armed resistance was removed from resolutions before they
reached the floor.
A number of groups, including one called United Methodist Kairos
Response, had lobbied for the divestment language.
Alex Joyner, the spokesman for United Methodists for Constructive
Peacemaking in Israel and Palestine, said in a statement that his
group "had been actively opposing divestment and encouraging the more
productive approach of negotiations and positive investments." (©
1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/04/12)
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