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Jews urge Christians to disinvest from companies benefiting from Israeli occupation

23 April 2008

The organisation Jewish Voices for Peace is urging Jews to lobby delegates to church conferences in the USA urging selective divestment from firms that benefit from the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

They suggest that the following, or similar message be sent to delegates who will be attending the Methodist and Presbyterian general conferences in the USA:

Please vote for selective divestment from companies that benefit form the occupation. It is the most powerful, nonviolent way we, as Americans, have to pressure the Israeli government to end its occupation. Only through ending the occupation will we have a chance for a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Jewish Voices for Peace has also set up a web site, Invest in Peace:

This week, Methodists have a chance to make history, but they need your support. They are gathering at their General Conference, a meeting that takes place once every four years, to make policy decisions for their 11.5 million member denomination.They have already felt the sting of charges of anti-semitism for taking principled stands on the Israeli occupation, as well as considering selective divestment.

They need to hear from Jews and allies who are willing to stand up, tell the truth, and act for justice.

We’ve created a website for Methodist delegates (and Presbyterian delegates who are meeting in June) called “Invest in Peace.

Here is a sample message from the website.

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