The United Methodist Church’s 2012 General Conference, held this month in Tampa, Florida, rejected a proposal to divest from three U.S. companies doing business with Israel (Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, and Motorola Solutions). Divestment was rejected by a more than 2 to 1 vote of the plenary. The Conference instead urged advancement of “serious peacemaking strategies in Israel and Palestine including positive economic and financial investment in Palestine”.
The divestment proposal put before the UMC General Conference was similar to a proposal for divestment in the same three companies that will be up for consideration at the 220th Presbyterian General Assembly this summer in Pittsburgh. Advocates of the
Our group, Presbyterians for Middle East Peace, strongly endorses the PC(USA)’s support for a two-state solution in Israel/Palestine that recognizes the rights, aspirations, and obligations of both Palestinians and Israelis. We oppose initiatives, such as divestment, that refuse to acknowledge the proven and legitimate security concerns of the people of
For more information on where we stand on Middle East peacemaking, we suggest reading the articles Two Essential Principles for Presbyterian Peacemaking in the Middle East and Goals for the 220th Presbyterian General Assembly. For a more in-depth discussion of the issues, we suggest our comprehensive paper Advancing a Just Peace. These and additional materials are available on our website at www.pfmep.org.