Latest on Israel/Palestine

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Expands Occupation-Free Endowment

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship will start 2015 with a new commitment to peace and justice through investment. And it will do it through the New Covenant Trust Company, a subsidiary of the venerable Presbyterian Foundation which has supported Presbyterian mission for over 200 years.

SodaStream Leaves West Bank: A Success for BDS

In late October home carbonation machine manufacturer SodaStream announced the decision to close its West Bank factory in an illegal Jewish settlement. SodaStream has been a major focus of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement to pressure Israel to end the occupation and oppression of Palestinians. A company spokesperson said the decision was based on business reasons unrelated to the boycott. The evidence indicates otherwise: At the time of the announcement, stock prices had fallen 58% and profits 42% in 2014. Macy’s dropped the product and high-profile investor George Soros sold his stake in the company.

2015 Convocation of Peacemakers

Thursday, June 4, 2015Sunday, June 7, 2015

Peace and justice activists from across the country are invited to gather at Stony Point Center (Stony Point, NY) for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship's Convocation of Peacemakers to explore "The Art of Waging Peace" through plenary presentations, small group discussions, workshops, Open Space conversations, powerful preaching, and inspiring worship.

Peter Beinart Calls for Direct Action by American Jews

Continuing his movement away from the party line, Peter Beinart, one of the leading public intellectuals in the Jewish community in the US, is now calling for liberal American Jews to put their bodies on the line in the Occupied Territories in order to pressure the Israeli government to move quickly to a just resolution.

Faith Groups Join Call for an Arms Embargo on Israel

It is with heavy hearts that we compose this statement. At the time of this writing, the Israeli military’s ground, naval, and aerial bombardment of Gaza has killed more than 1,280 Palestinians. The vast majority of these victims were civilians, according to the United Nations. Palestinian rockets and anti-tank fire have killed two Israeli civilians, one Thai migrant worker, and 53 Israeli soldiers (one Israeli soldier has been reported as “missing” by Israel and “captured” by Hamas).

Fast for Peace

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Join in a one-day Fast for Peace on Tuesday, July 15, called by some a Hunger Strike Against Violence.

Techniques and Talking Points: For pastors and other church leaders regarding Israel and Palestine

Over the coming months, many of us will be in the position of interpreting the actions of the General Assembly in our congregations and with friends who are Presbyterian and from other faith traditions, and possibly with leaders from the Jewish and Muslim communities. Some of us will have the opportunity to craft letters to the editor or to make appearances on local radio or TV stations. We want to provide you with some background to help you prepare well to take advantage of those opportunities.

Presbyterian Church General Assembly Approves Divestment from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions for Business Supporting Israel's Occupation of Palestine

After a great deal of prayer, debate, and thoughtful deliberation, the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted today to divest itself of its stock in three companies whose business supports or profits from the State of Israel's Occupation of Palestine. Young Adult Advisory Delegates voted 65% in favor of the motion, Theological Advisory Delegate over 90%, and Ecumenical and Mission Advisory Delegates 100% in favor of the motion. The Commissioners' vote was much closer, affirming the proposal to divest 51% to 49%.

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