The General Synod of the United Church of Christ has voted to boycott and divest its holdings in companies that do business in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The vote took place at their national meeting in Cleveland.
The UCC is also expected to vote to cast Israel’s policies in Gaza and the West Bank as “apartheid” later today.
Both the Episcopal Church and the Mennonite Church will also be holding divestment votes later this week.
This is all part of the decade-long Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Among its objectives is to dismantle the security fence that has kept out Palestinian suicide bombers and to allow Palestinian refugees full right of return.