WCC endorses divestment from Israel

An unexpected resolution
The World Council of Churches has urged its 347 member denominations to give “serious consideration” to pulling investments out of Israel in protest of what it sees as mistreatment of Palestinians.

In calling for church-sponsored “economic pressure,” the WCC gave strong support to last year’s controversial decision by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to seek “phased selective divestment” from Israel. “This [Presbyterian] action is commendable in both method and manner, uses criteria rooted in faith and calls members to do the things that make for peace.”

The statement—significant but not binding on member churches—was issued February 21 by the WCC’s 150-member Central Committee, which met in the ecumenical organization’s headquarters in Geneva.


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