Presbyterians for Middle East Peace welcomes and strongly endorses this new overture action being taken by the Presbytery of New Covenant. We believe that a policy of Israel-targeted divestment is wrong, unjust, and will harden the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
In effect, Israel-targeted divestment would place the PCUSA firmly within the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (
In its rationale, the presbytery cites the fact that after the Presbyterian General Assembly in 2004 voted to initiate a policy of divestment of certain companies doing business with Israel, this policy was reversed by the General Assembly in 2006. Proposals for divestment have been rejected by wide margins at all subsequent Presbyterian general assemblies. The overture also argues that a proposal as important as divestment must be thoroughly discussed and debated, with all viewpoints given fair consideration, and cannot be delegated to a committee such as the MRTI.
Presbyterians for Middle East Peace concurs with the need for discussion, debate, and discernment on any proposal as important as an Israel-targeted divestment action. As a matter of simple due process, PFMEP requested an opportunity for representatives of the three companies to speak directly to the General Assembly Mission Council (GAMC) when the divestment recommendation from