United Methodist Church Rejects Divestment
Not all was lost. Some member churches will divest.
by Stephen Lendman
Doing the right thing is easy. Doing it wrong takes effort. It also belies some groups' moral values.
UMC "emphasi(zes) Christian living (by) putting faith and love into action." On May 2, they were noticeably absent.
From April 24 - May 4, UMC held its General Conference in Tampa. On May 2, delegates voted on divesting from three corporate giants - Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett-Packard. All three serve Israel's occupation harshness.
Caterpillar produces giant bulldozers. Their blades extend about 21 feet wide and 7 feet high. Israel lawlessly uses them to destroy Palestinian homes and property.
Motorola Solutions sells settlements virtual fences and radar detection systems to spot nearby human movement. They're also for Israel's Separation Wall, the one around Gaza, another being constructed on Lebanon's border, and Israel's military.
Installations are erected on private Palestinian land. Other occupation and military related equipment and services are provided.
Israel's military checkpoints use Hewlett-Packard's Basel System technology to prevent free movement, deter students from reaching school, workers from places of employment, farmers from their fields, Palestinians from accessing medical care, and enforcing family separations.
HP also sells Israel's navy hardware used to blockade Gaza.
These and many other US companies serve Israel's occupation harshness. Global BDS supporters and human rights activists urge boycotting and divesting from them. So does Cape Town's Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
On April 28, he wrote UMC. In part, he said :
Palestine must be liberated. As an occupying power, Israel bares the onus. Faith and love supporters must help.
"I therefore wholeheartedly support your action to disinvest from companies who benefit from the Occupation of Palestine. This is a moral position that I have no choice but to support, especially since I know of the effect that Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions had on the apartheid regime in South Africa."