Presbyterians deserve our thanks

Published: Sunday, Jul. 6, 2014 - 10:06 am

Re "Vote casts shadow on the relationship between Jewish and Presbyterian communities" (Forum, June 29): The Presbyterian Church USA recently voted to divest their holdings in three companies that help Israel maintain its military occupation of the Palestinian territories. Rabbi Reuben Taff says this reflects an animosity toward Israel.

As a member of Sacramento's Jewish community, I respectfully disagree. Divesting from these companies is a profoundly moral decision and something all people of conscience should applaud. Yesterday's editorial in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz addressed the reason why the movement for economic sanctions to end the occupation is growing: "In the 21st century, the world will not accept another 47 years of occupation, dispossession and widespread violation of the rights of an entire people."

Divesting from these companies is a peaceful, nonviolent way to pressure Israel to act in its own self-interest, support the rule of law and begin to forge a peaceful relationship with the Palestinians.

-- Steven Meinrath, Sacramento

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