Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Palestinian Christians Urge United Methodists to Divest

Palestinian Christians published an open letter to delegates to the United Methodist General Conference urging them to support the church's resolution to divest from three corporations--Caterpillar, Motorola, and Hewlett-Packard--that are profiting from Israel's military occupation of Palestinian lands.

The letter implores delegates not to be misled down the false path of "positive investment" as an alternative to divestment.  As the signatories argue, "Many of you may be tempted to support 'positive investment' in Palestine as an alternative to divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation. We sincerely believe that no amount of positive investment under Israel’s harsh occupation can truly alleviate the suffering of Palestinians and correct the injustice against them."

The United Methodists will likely vote on this resolution today.  To watch the deliberations LIVE, you can go and choose the option for live-streaming.

If you can't watch, there will be minute-to-minute updates on Twitter at: 
  • #gc2012 (this will have stuff on all resolutions, not just divestment)
  • #churchdivest
  • @UMKairosResp
  • @US_Campaign
  • @jvplive