Anglican Church divests, claims Israel profits from occupation

Thursday, February 09, 2006 | 
British Jews were outraged over the Church of England’s decision to divest from any corporations that it contends support Israel's activities in the Palestinian territories. The decision came after the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem claimed Israel is profiting from the “illegal occupation,” such as using Caterpillar bulldozers to build the security fence. British Jews were upset over the General Synod’s adoption of this resolution, taken “without serious debate.” The Presbyterian Church U.S.A. raised the idea of divestiture two years ago, but the initiative has widely failed to gain support, including from the Episcopal Church U.S.A., the American branch of the worldwide Anglican communion. Rabbi Jonathan Romain from the United Kingdom, said the Church of England's vote was "puzzling and annoying, but it's not a Christians-against-Jews issue. It's the wrong signal at the wrong time, because of the massive changes going on in Israel right now," he said, alluding to the Hamas victory in the territories.

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