Presbyterian vote on divestment in protest of Israeli policy key moment for effort in US

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NEW YORK (AP) — The divestment movement against Israeli policy toward Palestinians could soon have one of its most significant American victories to date.

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is considering withdrawing its investments from some companies whose products are used by the Israeli government in the Palestinian territories. A similar proposal lost by just two votes in the last national meeting.

The broader movement known as boycotts, divestment and sanctions, or BDS, aims to pressure Israel to stop building settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem and end the occupation. The campaign has scored some successes in Europe and elsewhere, but is only now gaining some ground in America.

Opponents say divestment advocates want to destroy the Jewish state.

The Presbyterians will be meeting in Detroit through next week.

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