Alex Kane just mentioned Susanne Hoder, a Methodist leader on divestment, and you can hear her in this video giving a quick overview yesterday at the opening of the Methodist global conference in Tampa, FL.
She says that the Methodists have voted again and again that they want the occupation of lands beyond Israel to end-- 94 percent of them voted to end the occupation. "We do not believe the church should profit from a situation we have overwhelmingly stated we want to end." This is not a change in policy.
And the call has come from Palestinian Christians, members of our own faith community, she says.
Look at the lineup alongside her at the press conference yesterday. Dalit Baum, Rebecca Vilkomerson, Daoud Nasser of the Tent of Nations, Cindy Corrie is there. And look at Rabbi Brant Rosen nodding when Hoder says that the divestment movement has just built connections between Methodists and Jews.