Under pressure from Presbyterians, RE/MAX announces it will no longer profit from sales of Jewish settlements

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Press Release from The Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (USA): 

During its 222nd biennial General Assembly, which took place in Portland, Oregon this week, the Presbyterian Church (USA) continued its strong support for Palestinian rights with the passage of a series of overtures. An overture calling on real estate company RE/MAX to stop selling properties in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land in violation of international law and official US policy passed without opposition. In addition, the General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the use of boycotts and other nonviolent measures in support of oppressed peoples throughout the world. These actions follow the historic vote of the General Assembly in 2014 to divest from companies that profit from and sustain Israel’s nearly 50-year-old military occupation of Palestinian lands, as well as the endorsement of a boycott of goods made in settlements.

Just prior to the Assembly, the CEO and co-founder of RE/MAX, Dave Liniger, announced in a letter sent to the overture advocates of the Presbytery of the Redwoods that the company has “recently taken action to ensure that RE/MAX, LLC will no longer receive any income from the sale of Jewish settlement properties in the West Bank.”

“We’re pleased that RE/MAX is acknowledging that its operations in the occupied territories are problematic from a legal and moral point of view, but we’re waiting to see what this means in practical terms,” said Marita A. Mayer, the overture advocate. “RE/MAX must follow up this statement with concrete action to fully end its complicity in Israel’s occupation and theft of Palestinian land.”

In addition to the RE/MAX overture, the plenary of the General Assembly supported by over 70% a continuing study of the global grassroots BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions) movement for Palestinian rights and freedom. Rejecting attempts to categorically reject BDS and choosing instead to engage in prayerful study, the General Assembly recognized the historic commitment of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to nonviolent strategies for social change.

Presbyterian Church (USA) 222nd biennial General Assembly: Members of Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace and Jewish Voice for Peace support approval of report by Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP)

Presbyterian Church (USA) 222nd biennial General Assembly: Members of Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace and Jewish Voice for Peace support approval of report by Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP)

The plenary also approved a report submitted by the church’s Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) supporting measures that revoke tax deductions and 501(c) 3 status to organizations that promote and finance illegal Israeli settlements, encouraging Congress to investigate the use of US-made equipment in Israeli human rights violations, and supporting the enforcement of laws requiring the correct labeling of settlement products.

The Israel-Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) welcomes the advances made at this year’s General Assembly towards supporting a just and lasting peace in Israel and Palestine, and looks forward to continuing our work towards that end moving forward.

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  1. jsinton
    June 26, 2016, 3:22 pm

    They’re saying corporate side won’t profit from the sales, not that individual agents will no longer buy nor sell property in the occupied territories. To me, that just means they doubled down, they’re hard-core to the point they don’t care about the money anymore… corporate side will do the transactions for free. Individual agents will continue to make profit under the Re Max name, etc. Sounds to me like the Re Max boycott is far from over.

    All the same here, however. I had a couple bad experiences dealing with Re Max people. You couldn’t pay ME to buy a house from a Re Max agent.

    • Annie Robbins
      June 26, 2016, 3:28 pm

      i agree jsinton, sounds like the boycott is far from over. these are being sold under their contracts, their advertising and their name. so not taking a profit changes nothing in the grand scheme of things — customers will be asking for a discount!

    • oldgeezer
      June 26, 2016, 5:32 pm

      If a fee or profit is made on the transaction then it can’t just evaporate. What is being done with it? Donations to the illegal colonialist enterprise perhaps?

  2. TerriKnoll
    June 27, 2016, 11:10 am

    It may not be an exact answer but it’s a start. Israel has to wake up to the fact that the world is not going to put up with their apartheid/genocide policies anymore. Give the Palestinians the same equal rights, allow the right of return, tear down all walls and give recompense or get out of the country. End. of. story.

  3. DaBakr
    June 28, 2016, 11:11 pm

    so re-max is going to start shaving down their corporate taxes by donating profits to the evil zionist entity. but its news nonetheless.

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