Episcopal Church Considers Resolution Supporting Divestment from Companies That Do Business With Israel

(Photo: The Episcopal Church via The Christian Post)Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of The Episcopal Church speaks in a live webcast conversation, July 21, 2010.
(Photo: The Episcopal Church via The Christian Post)Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of The Episcopal Church speaks in a live webcast conversation, July 21, 2010.

A mainline protestant denomination will consider adopting a resolution supporting divestment from companies that do business with Israel.

The Episcopal Church will consider several resolutions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at its 78th General Convention that’s being held in Salt Lake City and began on Thursday.

Resolution D016, introduced by the Very Rev. Walter Brownridge of the Diocese of Hawaii, calls on the Church to compile a list of corporations profiting from the so-called “Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories” and divest from said companies.

The resolution reads in part: “… upon receiving the position of said companies to these shareholder resolutions, Executive Council, by its June meeting of 2017 [will] develop a process of divestment from those companies who have refused to disinvest.”

It continues: “That this General Convention directs the Executive Council to establish a work group to identify a list of products made or businesses present in West Bank settlements (including East Jerusalem) and publishing them within one year of adjournment of this Convention so that Church entities, including congregations and individual members can seek to boycott those products and/or businesses which are ‘illegal under international law’ …”

Resolution C003, also coming from the Diocese of Hawaii, calls on the denomination to adopt “a policy of selective divestment or a No Buy policy of any holdings in Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard and Motorola Solutions until such time that the conflict is resolved through a just outcome for Palestinians and all Israelis or that these companies take action to disinvest from their involvement in the [so-called] ‘occupation.'”

“That all Episcopalians be urged to pray and work for peace in the Holy Land, so that the Jewish and Palestinian people may come together in a spirit of reconciliation,” continued Resolution C003.

“That a copy of this resolution be sent to these companies along with a conveying letter and that the Church’s money managers be instructed to implement this policy and that this resolution also be sent to other church investors, including the Church Pension Fund, which are urged to follow this policy.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Michael Gryboski

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