Peace in the Middle East—Presbyterians
Disagree On How to Proceed
Since 1948 General Assemblies have
repeatedly addressed the Middle East and particularly Israel and Palestine. The
Presbyterian position has consistently been to affirm the right of Israel to
exist as a sovereign state within secure, internationally recognized borders
and the right of the Palestinians to self-determination, including the right to
the establishment of a neighboring independent, sovereign state toward the end
of establishing a just and durable peace.
A summary of General Assembly statements
and actions about Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East is available from the
Committee on Social Witness Policy.
In February, the General
Assembly Mission Council (GAMC) recommended
that the upcoming 220th General Assembly of the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) divest the church of its stock in three companies
(Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett-Packard) “until they have ceased
profiting from non-peaceful activities in Israel-Palestine.” This recommendation has been met with strong
feelings on all sides of the issues by Presbyterians around the world. In the interest of making Hudson River
Presbyterians aware of the various points of view, following are a couple of
On the side in favor of
divestment, Jewish Voice for Peace—Westchester is sponsoring an event on Tuesday, May 29,
7:00-9:00pm at the Mapleton Conference Center in White Plains. A slide show will be followed by presentations and Q & A.
Click here for a flier.
Speaking out against the recommendation to divest is an
organization called Presbyterians for Middle East Peace which has on its website a number of resources explaining
its views and suggesting alternative ways to bring about a solution in the
If you have questions about this complex issue please
contact Susan Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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