The US Episcopal Church has announced it has adopted a series of human rights resolutions which will set a screening mechanism for Israeli companies.
According to the resolution, the companies will be screened for human rights violations and activities.
RT Mondoweiss "RT US_Campaign: #BDS WIN! The General Convention of the Episcopal Church, with more than 3 million members, just voted to divest from companies involved in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights! https://t.co/IsfJ1NGHVY pic.twitter.com/7cVFGnLbVZ"
— Richard Hardigan (@RichardHardigan) July 14, 2018
The number of Episcopal Church followers in the United States is estimated at 2 million.
The vote on the resolutions which took place on Friday at the church’s headquarters in Austin, Texas and is considered a new victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
#Israel South Africa’s Archbishop Tutu, July 2018: Statement to US Episcopal Church, endorsing divestment fr companies (Caterpillar, Motorola, etc) doing biz w illegal settlements. “We must not profit from suffering.” #BDS #PalistinianLivesMatter https://t.co/MVDUhKk9bc
— James S. Henry (@submergingmkt) July 15, 2018
The movement is supported by a number of American churches, most recently the Presbyterian Church in June, preceded by the United Church of Christ and the Churches of Christ.
This is the second defeat for Israel in a week.
— Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) July 13, 2018
On Wednesday last week, the Irish Senate passed a new law prohibiting the import and sale of Israeli goods or services produced in settlements built in the occupied Palestinian territories.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)