World Jewish Digest: The ostensibly 'liberal' Presbyterian church viciously betrayed the American Jewish community on Friday, voting to join the racist BDS movement by divesting from several companies that do business in Israel.
The church's general assembly passed the decision by seven votes, justifying its decision through claiming that it was against the occupation of the West Bank, not Israel.
But the companies involved, Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola, are huge corporations that do a great deal of business in Israel itself, as well as many other countries.
Jewish organizations struck back, with the ADL calling the move "out of step with the views of the majority of Presbyterians in the pews at the community level." While director Abraham Foxman said,
Over the past ten years, PCUSA leaders have fomented an atmosphere of open hostility to Israel within the church, promoted a one-sided presentation of the complex realities of the Middle East, and permitted the presentation of a grossly distorted image of the views of the Jewish community.
The AJC explicitly cited the racist nature of the BDS movement, calling the move "celebrated by those who believe they are one step closer to a Jew-free Middle East."