Starting at 3:30, you will see debate of divestment from companies profiting from the occupation at the United Methodist Church conference yesterday. Watch the official statement of rejection at 4:27. Disturbing. At 6:30 there is a harrowing statement for divestment. A woman says, We held stock in the manufacturing firms in Germany that received the bids to manufacture the ovens for the concentration camps.
How much evidence would we ask for, before it was time to stop the wholesale destruction of people?
Nobility. Listen to the amazing Tina Whitehead at 9:30, with a motion that will go nowhere:
The 2012 General Conference calls on all united Methodist boards and agencies to provide the moral non violent assistance called for by our sisters and brothers in the holy land and end our investments in the tools that systematically deprive them of their freedom. After more than 40 years of ethnic cleansing and occupation, Palestinian Christians are asking for divestment for their freedom not investment to improve life in their prison.
She's up against too much establishment support.
"We also as Christians have a relationship to Judaism and Israel," says a preacher, arguing against divestment.
Says Ilene Cohen: "A friend who watched the proceedings online wrote to me that he'd hoped against hope that the divestment measure would pass, but noted, quite soberly, 'it's quite a stretch for many Christians to consider sanctioning Israel (and Jews) this way. . . . [T]he struggle continues.'"
The Times has a good story on divestment. It quotes Susanne Hoder, a Methodist from Rhode Island and a spokeswoman for the United Methodist Kairos Response: