The June 20 decision by the Presbyterian Church (USA) – PCUSA – to divest from three US companies it claims “further the Israeli occupation of Palestine” was the culmination of a decade-long lobby on behalf of the global campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). It was a collaborative effort by Presbyterian activist groups like the Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship along with like-minded NGOs pushing the divestment agenda.

In taking the decision to divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard and Motorola Solutions, the church’s General Assembly claimed to be acting on “prophetic” moral motives. Hidden from the discourse, however, was a subterranean stream of anti- Semitism flowing mainly from the IPMN.


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