Presbyterians want to make pro-Palestine statement

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A committee within  the Louisville-based Presbyterian Church (USA) says the denomination should dump  investments in three American companies it says profit from the  Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The committee says the companies – Caterpillar, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard – profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.

The divestment recommendation must be approved by the church’s legislative  General Assembly in 2012 to become policy.

A report from the denomination’s Committee on Mission Responsibility Through  Investment says Caterpillar produces bulldozers and Hewlett-Packard and Motorola  Solutions produce technology used to bolster the Israeli occupation of  Palestinian lands, and Jewish settlements on them.

Matt Goldberg, community relations director of the Jewish Community of  Louisville, told The Courier-Journal that such recommendations do not “advance  the cause of peace in the region.”

( / 19.09.2011)

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