I don’t ordinarily care (much less comment) when someone chooses to sell stock.
But the timing of this particular divestiture couldn’t be worse:
In a cliffhanger vote Friday, the general assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) decided to dump its investments in three corporations it says deliver products to Israel that help the Jewish state suppress its neighbors.
The decision puts the Palestinians and Israelis on equal footing before God, it said.
“We see both as children of God,” said Heath K. Rada, who moderated this year’s general assembly, the church’s biannual leadership meeting.
After Friday’s vote of 310 to 303, the Presbyterian Church will pull about $21 million out of Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard and Motorola Solutions.
Why these companies, which are not exactly arms dealers?
“Caterpillar provides bulldozers that destroy Palestinian homes,” said spokeswoman Kathy Francis. HP provides Israel with logistics and technology used in the naval blockade of Gaza.
“Motorola Solutions provides military communications and surveillance systems in illegal Israeli settlements,” she said.
First, let me swear by all I hold holy (which is precious little, I must confess) that I too believe the Arabs and the Israelis are “children before God”. If the Arabs are depraved savages, it is their doing, not God’s. I could never blame Him for their cruelty, blind hatred, and self-destructive behavior. They chose Satan of their own free will.
Such defamation of the Jews must be met with…what is the word, anti-defamation:
The ADL made clear its condemnation with the church’s decision saying it was “out of step with the views of the majority of Presbyterians in the pews and sends a painful message to American Jews.”
“Over the past ten years, PC(USA) leaders have fomented an atmosphere of open hostility to Israel within the church, promoted a one-sided presentation of the complex realities of the Middle East, and permitted the presentation of a grossly distorted image of the views of the Jewish community,” the ADL added.
A response by the church attempted to clarify that the vote did not imply an embrace of Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, to which the ADL responded, “The claim by the PC(USA) that it does not support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is simply not reflected in this resolution and the overall tone of the discussions.”
Whatever else its tenets may be (who can tell with these splintered Protestant sects?), timing is not among them.
A few headlines ripped from the news:
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Palestinian FM: Israel overreacting on abducted teens
Gaza rocket hits open area in southern Israel
Belgium to spend $4 million on security for Jewish institutions
French Jews leaving for Israel in increasing numbers
Report: Secret Algerian document says Tunisian terror group to target Jews, Western targets
Guns and camouflage: Welcome to Hamas’ summer-camp
You get the point, even if the Presbyterians don’t. As they are “people of the book”, I take it they are familiar with God’s covenant with Abraham (Genesis 15:18):
In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
Me, I take that as my starting point, but I also look to more contemporary authority. The Balfour Declaration (1917): “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object…”.
The Mandate for Palestine of the League of Nations (1922): “Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people…”.
If that seems like ancient history to you, it was once the (settled) law of the land, as dictated by God and man. That’s good enough for me.
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to head out as soon as the stores open and buy me an excavator: