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Episcopalians Recommend Keeping Investments in Israel
I can’t really add much to the comments made on the Anglicans for Israel site, and suggest that you pay a visit there.
One step forward...
I was about to describe the document as a curate's egg except that the egg in question was basically bad, while this is basically good but with some weaknesses. Here are some sections from the press release: note the attempted even-handedness which unjustly equates terrorism with attempts at defence against terrorism. Unreasonable demands are still made of Israel.
Episcopalians in the United States have come out against disinvesting from companies that support Israel's occupation of the West Bank. Instead, they are urging their Church to change company policies from within, the Church Times reports...
..It says that the Church should use its investment leverage to get companies to align themselves with ECUSA's policy of support for a just peace that guarantees Israel's security and Palestinian aspirations for a viable sovereign state, with Jerusalem as a shared capital. The policy also condemns the security wall, the demolition of Palestinian homes, and suicide bombing.
The committee's report says that the problem of violence cannot be overstated. "Nothing justifies terrorism against Israelis. The Episcopal Church has condemned such acts of terror, especially suicide bombings, which make a family outing to a shopping mall or restaurant a potentially deadly and tragic experience.
"Occupation is its own form of violence, which Palestinians refer to as state terrorism, amounting to collective punishment of an entire people. The shooting of unarmed children by nervous or belligerent Israeli soldiers is an unnecessary tragedy. Occupation is brutal and dehumanising. Peace is not possible in a climate of fear and violence."