Quakers divest from companies profiting from Israeli occupation
Author: Mustafa Abu Sneineh, Middle East Eye (UK), Published on: 19 November 2018
"Quakers first UK church to boycott companies profiting from Israeli occupation", 19 November 2018
Britain's Quakers announced... that they will not invest any of their centrally held funds in companies that are profiting from Israel's occupation of Palestine, making it the first church in the United Kingdom to do so. “Our long history of working for a just peace in Palestine and Israel has opened our eyes to the many injustices and violations of international law arising from the military occupation of Palestine by the Israeli government," Paul Parker, recording clerk for Quakers in Britain, said in a statement. “With the occupation now in its 51st year, and with no end in near sight, we believe we have a moral duty to state publicly that we will not invest in any company profiting from the occupation"... According to Ingrid Greenhow, clerk of British Quakers' trustees, the church doesn't hold investments in any companies profiting from the occupation. However, from now on it will make sure that this rule applies to all investments in companies that have interests in occupation-related businesses, she said. "This includes companies – whichever country they are based in – involved for example in the illegal exploitation of natural resources in occupied Palestine, and the construction and servicing of the separation barrier and Israeli settlements," Greenhow said...