|A monastery in Mishtaya, Syria. The Presbyterian's did not discuss the plight of their co-religionists in Syria.|
U.S. Presbyterians Reject Israel Divestment
The Presbyterian General Assembly voted 333-331, with two abstentions, to reject a proposal Thursday to divest from three companies that do business with Israel. Major Jewish groups from across the political spectrum had lobbied furiously against the measure. The American Jewish Committee said the proposal demonized Israel and threatened Christian-Jewish relations.
Syria's Threatened Christians -Daniel Brode, Roger Farhat & Daniel Nisman
Last month, Christian residents of the Syrian city of Qusayr received an ominous warning: Either join the Sunni-led opposition against Bashar al-Assad or leave. Soon after, thousands of Christians fled the town.
Throughout the years, Christians, like many other minorities in the region, have lent their support to those regimes that have guaranteed their security and religious freedom. Watching their once-shielding dictators fall like dominos across the region, Christians have suddenly found themselves on the wrong side of history. Faced by a rising tide of radical Sunni Islam, Christians in Iraq and Egypt have fled by the thousands.
In March, Islamist militants went door to door in neighborhoods of Homs, expelling local Christians. Of the more than 80,000 Christians who lived in Homs prior to the uprising, approximately 400 remain today. As rebel forces continue to chip away at Assad's control over the country, Syria's Christians continue to be expelled or held at the mercy of an increasingly extremist Sunni opposition.
(New York Times)
Yes, It's Personal -Editorial
The one continuous message many Presbyterian leaders have sent in the run-up to the vote in Pittsburgh, is that it's nothing personal. They say they really have a deep respect for the Jewish community and that they hope these measures will promote a lasting peace. Sorry, but we don't buy that...
To lay the blame for the failed peace effort squarely at Israel's feet is to ignore way too many facts on the ground, not to mention facts of history. And to banter the word "apartheid" around, is nothing more than incitement by the Presbyterian Church USA.
This is personal to the Jewish world, and the PC (USA) needs to know that.
U.S. Presbyterians Boycott Israeli Cosmetics Company Ahava -Ran Dagoni
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA voted 457 to 180 to boycott Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories Ltd. and Hadiklaim Israel Date Growers Co-operative Ltd.
One delegate said he opposed the boycott because his dermatologist highly recommended Ahava products.