The Presbyterian News Service posted an article, Feb. 17, 2012, informing the public that the General Assembly Mission Council had voted to recommend that the 220th General assembly divest from Caterpillar, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard. Jerry L. Van Marter of the PNS explained that this occurred with recommendations from the Presbyterian Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee (MRTI), who asked for the recommendation because the companies continue to allow their products to be used by Israel for military purposes.
Marter wrote of several members of the GAMC who disagreed with the vote including “Kears Pollock, a council member and retired corporate executive from Bruin, Pa.” Marter wrote that Pollock, “opposed the recommendation, saying that divestment is “ineffective and unproductive and actually goes against peacemaking. In fact, some of these activities have actually saved lives.”
Despite protest to the contrary, by MRTI, that this is not a “general divestment,” this will hook the PC (U.S.A.) to the Boycott, Divestment Sanctions movement whose goals run counter to the denomination’s policies. As long as the GAMC upholds the policies of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the PC (U.S.A.) they are upholding the BDS movement of which IPMN is a part.
The IPMN-PC (U.S.A.) is pleased that the GAMC has sided with them about divestment rather than publically rebuking their anti-Semitism. IPMN has displayed such anti-Semitism in their publications and their past Facebook. And as stated above, IPMN-PC (U.S.A.), have joined the BDS movement sharing their promotion of a one state solution and like them refusing to condemn violence by radical groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
Anyone aware of the BDS movement and its promoters will recognize the name Norman Finkelstein who has advocated for the movement for many years. In a turn of events Finkelstein has began to reverse his feelings about the movement. And I think the PC (U.S.A.) should listen. The video below is one of snatches of his conversations with a BDS promoter in France. Watching the whole video is very enlightening so I will place a link where the whole video is linked.
Arguing the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign with Norman Finkelstein
See also Finkelstein on BDS: A Cult of Dishonesty