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Jun 14 14 9:13 AM

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FILE - People listen to a session of the 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) on in this July 5, 2012 file photo taken in Pittsburgh.


The Presbyterian General Assembly, meeting in Detroit June 14-21, 2014, will consider withdrawing its investments from some companies whose products are used by the Israeli government in the Palestinian territories. Divestment advocates were narrowly outmaneuvered at the last Presbyterian convention in 2012, losing a crucial ballot by just two votes. (Keith Srakocic, File/Associated Press)By Associated Press June 14 at 2:42 AM NEW YORK — The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) appears to be on the brink of handing a major victory to a movement that wants institutions to wield their investment dollars against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.The Presbyterian General Assembly, gathering in Detroit through next week, will consider withdrawing its investments from some companies whose products are used by the Israeli government in the Palestinian territories. Divestment advocates were narrowly outmaneuvered at the last Presbyterian convention in 2012, losing a crucial ballot by just two votes. They enter this year’s fight with signs of increasing momentum, within and outside the church.“I remember in 2006, the use of the word ‘occupation’ in General Assembly circles — it was like using a bad word. You just didn’t say it and when you said it sounded outrageous,” said the Rev. Jeffrey DeYoe of the Presbyterian’s Israel Palestine Mission Network, which advocates for Palestinians. “We’ve come a long way from there.”
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