US Presbyterian Church rejects Israel divestment

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July 6, 2012 06:45

 
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The largest Presbyterian church in the US narrowly voted against divesting its portfolio from three companies that have been accused of selling Israel products used to oppress Palestinians in the West Bank, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Thursday.

By a margin of 333-331 the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) rejected a motion to divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions. The church's general assembly is taking place in Pittsburgh.

The church's general assembly instead passed a minority report that avoided divestment, but encouraged investing in businesses that operate in Palestine, according to the Post-Gazette.

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