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The Presbyterians Reconsider Anti-Israel Divestment

2:19 PM, Feb 20, 2014 • By MARK TOOLEY
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By contrast, an overture from the Presbytery of San Francisco urges the church’s pensions board to divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions until they are “no longer complicit in ... and profiting from the relentless, five decade long, military occupation of the Palestinian territories.”

Presbyterians have been debating anti-Israel divestment for over a decade. A decisive defeat this June—perhaps thanks to the rhetorical overreach of “Zionism Unsettled”—might finally put the effort to rest. Even so, animus against Israel would persist among many church activists, who, for somewhat mysterious reasons, see Israel, uniquely in the world, as deserving the church’s disdain.

Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, is the author of Methodism and Politics in the Twentieth Century.

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