UPDATE: Presbyterians Vote Not to Divest in Some Israeli Companies
Yesterday I posted about the Presbyterian Church (the USA wing) voting to divest from some Israeli companies who are heavily involved in oppressing Palestinians.
Here’s an UPDATE: The church did not vote to divest but the vote was close. It lost, or won, depending on your perspective, by two — two — votes:
By a vote of 333 to 331, with two abstentions, the church’s General Assembly voted at its biennial meeting in Pittsburgh to toss out the divestment measure and replace it with a resolution to encourage “positive investment” in the occupied territories. The results were so close that, when posted electronically in front of the convention, they evoked a collective gasp.
Disappointing but encouraging.
This wouldn’t have happened five, ten, 20, 40 years ago. It wouldn’t even have come up for a vote.
So, times, they are ah changin’.