BDS = DIVORCE FROM ISRAELI AND THE ROTHSCHILDS MAFIA = HEALTHY ACTIVISM OF BDS MOVEMENT
“United Methodist Churches = Divests from Israeli banks” by Ali Abunimah Jan 13, 2016
Bank Hapoalim = DIVORCED AND GONE from 2nd Largest Protestant Church in America — United Methodist Church’s $20 Billion Pension Fund Portfolio and 13 Million members = Role in financing settlements = Divested from two Israeli banks and excluded five major Israeli banks from future investments.
Methodist Church’s Pension Fund Manager Wespath = Says its ethical investment policy requires removal of Israel as a “high risk” country for “a prolonged and systematic pattern of human rights abuses.”
United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR) = Group that advocates within the church for Palestinian rights, hailed the measure as “the first time a major church pension fund has acted to preclude investment in Israeli banks that sustain Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land.” + “We commend the pension fund for taking this significant step in disassociating from the illegal occupation of Palestinian land. But as United Methodist policy opposes the occupation, this is only a first step towards ending our financial complicity in the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people.” — UMKR co-chair Reverend Michael Yoshii
DIVORCED ISRAELI BANKS INVOLVED IN FUNDING ILLEGAL ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS IN OCCUPIED WEST BANK AND JERUSALEM:
First International Bank of Israel
Israel Discount Bank
Mizrahi Tefahot Bank
ISRAEL FACES MORE BAD NEWS = “Only a first step” = 7 more Coming soon and 39 total ineligible companies = 4 more church resolutions in May 2016 against Israel = Divest from other companies complicit in the Israeli occupation.
2012 METHODIST Church adopted a policy calling for the boycott of goods made in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land in violation of international law.
BDS = For two years the Presbyterian Church USA + the United Church of Christ = Adopted divestment despite well-funded opposition from Israel lobby groups.
Feb 2014 = Luxembourg’s state pension fund excluded Israel’s main banks from its investment portfolio
DUTCH = Excluded Major Israeli financial institutions = Dutch pensions giant PGGM
NORWAY = Excluded Israel from it’s state pension fund.