United Church of Christ Votes to Divest From Occupation

On June 30, 2015,  the United Church of Christ voted to divest from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation and to boycott settlement products. Jewish Voice for Peace congratulated United Church of Christ on taking a strong stand for a just peace in Israel/Palestine. Thousands of JVP supporters thanked UCC in sign-on letter.

See JVP’s press release after the vote HERE and before the vote expressing support HERE.

JVP members and staff were in Cleveland for the General Synod at the invitation of the UCC Palestine/Israel Network to express support for divestment.

To see more photos, go HERE.

Here is just some of the press coverage of the vote:

Haaretz: United Church of Christ votes to divest from companies with ties to Israeli settlements (June 30, 2015)

The Huffington Post: United Church Of Christ Takes A Stand On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict With Divestment Vote (June 30, 2015)

The New York Times: United Church of Christ Approves Divestment to Aid Palestinians (June 30, 2015)

Associated Press: UCC church to divest over Israeli treatment of Palestinians (June 30, 2015)

+972 Magazine: Interview: Church-based BDS and the Jewish voices beside it (June 30, 2015)

Jewish Telegraph Agency: United Church of Christ to divest from companies working in West Bank (July 1, 2015)

Al Jazeera: US church votes to divest over Israeli occupation (July 1, 2015)

The Jewish Daily Forward: Does Church Vote Signal BDS Tipping Point? (July 1, 2015)

+972 Magazine: Major U.S. church backs divestment from Israeli occupation (July 1, 2015)

Common Dreams: Affirming ‘Dignity of All People,’ Mainstream Church Votes to Divest from Occupation-Profiting Companies (July 1, 2015)

The Jewish Week: Protestant Vote To Back BDS Sparks Concern (July 7, 2015)

Haaretz: Protestant churches split over anti-Israel divestment resolutions (July 5, 2015)

Electronic Intifada: Will US Churches Help Bring Down Israel’s Prison Walls? (June 18, 2015)

In These Times: Three U.S. Churches Are Now Debating Divestment From Companies Invested in the Israeli Occupation (June 24, 2015)

Truth-Out: Interfaith Collaboration Drives Movement to Divest From the Israeli Occupation (June 25, 2015)


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