Biased Claimed in Presbyterian BDS Vote
Last year, the Presbyterian Church USA voted 310 to 303 to divest from three multinational corporations that sell products to Israel. The PCUSA’s reasoning behind the controversial move was its leaders’ opposition to funding anything that promotes violence in the Palestinian territories.
The PCUSA’s holdings in the three companies – Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar and Motorola Solutions – was estimated to be $21 million. The church leaders said that they had asked those organizations to change their policies regarding Israel before the general assembly commenced in Detroit. At the time, moderator Heath Rada said that the decision was not “a reflection of our lack of love for our Jewish brothers and sisters.”