Over this weekend, February 7 and 8, the Church of England clarified their position on their investments in companies profiting from the illegally occupied Palestinian territories and now wish to make clear that late last year they removed over £2.2 million in Caterpillar, a company whose bulldozers and heavy plant equipment are being used to destroy the homes of Palestinians by the Israeli government.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) welcomes this decision. Betty Hunter General Secretary of PSC said: “This is a clear message from the Church of England that they will not have their money tied up in companies that are directly or indirectly engaged in the suppression of the rights of Palestinian.”
The Church’s removal of £2.2 million is a significant blow to those who say that ethical and morally responsible investments can’t be used as a peaceful weapon against the Israeli Government.
I applaud this decision by the Church of England and hope that other organizations that remain invested in Israel will take a look at the moral lead shown to us by the Church of England and disinvest now.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) aims to raise public awareness about the occupation of Palestine and the struggle of the Palestinian people. PSC seeks to bring pressure on both the British and Israeli government to bring their policies in line with international law. PSC is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organization with members from communities across the UK. Join PSC today!