US Episcopal Church Adopts Boycott of Israel

US Episcopal Church Adopts Boycott of Israel

July 19, 2018
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement calls for boycotting Israel until it ends its occupation of Palestine. (Photo: File)

The US Episcopal Church has announced it has adopted a series of human rights resolutions which will set a screening mechanism for Israeli companies.

According to the resolution, the companies will be screened for human rights violations and activities.

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Richard Hardigan@RichardHardigan

RT Mondoweiss “RT US_Campaign: WIN! The General Convention of the Episcopal Church, with more than 3 million members, just voted to divest from companies involved in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights! http://uscpr.org/episcopaliandivestment  pic.twitter.com/7cVFGnLbVZ

The number of Episcopal Church followers in the United States is estimated at 2 million.

The vote on the resolutions which took place on Friday at the church’s headquarters in Austin, Texas and is considered a new victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

James S. Henry@submergingmkt

South Africa’s Archbishop Tutu, July 2018: Statement to US Episcopal Church, endorsing divestment fr companies (Caterpillar, Motorola, etc) doing biz w illegal settlements. “We must not profit from suffering.” https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Middle_East_peace_Desmond_tutu_letter_gc79.pdf 

The movement is supported by a number of American churches, most recently the Presbyterian Church in June, preceded by the United Church of Christ and the Churches of Christ.

This is the second defeat for Israel in a week.

On Wednesday last week, the Irish Senate passed a new law prohibiting the import and sale of Israeli goods or services produced in settlements built in the occupied Palestinian territories.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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