More US Churches consider divesting from Israeli occupation
Israel’s high court recently upheld a law making boycotts of Israeli businesses a civil crime. Within weeks, US Congress introduced a trade measure to “discourage politically motivated actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel”. Now the Illinois state legislature has voted to withdraw state funds from companies boycotting Israel.
But despite attempts to curtail the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement that is putting pressure on Israel, grassroots efforts including those by US churches are gaining momentum. With faith in the official peace process flagging, these Christian activists are choosing to ignore the politicians and pursue BDS tactics.
“My faith calls me to amplify the voices of the oppressed and seek justice along side them,” said Angelica Harter, chair of the United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network (UCC PIN).
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