Israel/Palestine and the PC(USA)

Part of our work is to seek and encourage faithful policy regarding Israel/Palestine within the PC(USA). Below is the latest content that concerns how our Israel/Palestine work is expressed particularly within the PC(USA). You can also find many resources on the PC(USA) website.

General Assembly News Roundup

As the 220th General Assembly of the PC(USA) comes to a close, we offer a quick roundup of articles from GA that report on some of the issues PPF was watching and advocating on most closely.

Israeli Woman Says Divestment Is Part of Her Jewish Identity

“No one should have their money in this. Espe­cially not a church.”

An inter­view by (Rev.) Patrick David Heery of Elisha Baskin, an Israeli young woman and mem­ber of Jew­ish Voice for Peace, on the topic of divest­ment in the occu­pa­tion of Palestine.

Stated Clerk Discusses Divestment in Washington Post

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to vote on divestment measure at General Assembly?

By The Rev. Gradye Parsons
from the Washington Post

Middle East Committee Votes to Divest, Encourages “Peaceful Pursuits” Investments in Israel and Palestine

by Rick Ufford-Chase

As Moderator of the 216th General Assembly, I presided over the decision to begin a process of “phased, selective divestment of companies that are doing business in a way that profits from or supports the occupation of the Palestinian Territories.”

Kairos Palestine to 220th GA

To the Commissioners of the 220th General Assembly
of the Presbyterian Church (USA):

Rabbis Support Church Divestment from Israeli Occupation

Honor the courage, clarity and sensitivity of Kairos USA

by Rabbi Lynn Gotlieb
read this letter and more letters in support of divestment at

TIAA-CREF Divests from Caterpillar

by Melinda Thompson

We applaud the actions of our friends at Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) that have been instrumental in causing TIAA-CREF to divest its $72 Million holdings of Caterpillar stock from the investment funds it markets as socially responsible.