The 220th Presbyterian General Assembly voted against divestment from three U.S. companies that trade with Israel and opposed using the term "apartheid" to label the Jewish State. But with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) initiative turned down by only 2 votes, there was little room for celebration, especially when a different divestment motion passed overwhelmingly. The BDS movement aims to punish Israel for what it views as "civil rights violations" and was the driving force behind both of the resolutions. The well-organized and well-funded group has targeted every Prostestant church denomination with divestment initiatives, which insiders say are getting more intense and harder to fight.
Lara Berman, JN1, Los Angeles.