B016 Adopt ELCA Action on Israel/Palestine

Original version

Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That General Convention join with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and direct our Executive Council’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility to develop criteria for Israel and Palestine based on a human rights’ investment screen and the actions of General Convention and Executive Council over the past seventy years; and be it further

Resolved, That General Convention continue to encourage members, parishes, dioceses, and institutions of the Episcopal Church to increase positive investment in Palestine and other under-resourced areas where human rights abuses materially impact the well-being of all people; and be it further

Resolved, That General Convention continue to encourage CCSR to engage in shareholder advocacy in support of human rights in Israel and the Occupied Territories, exercising the right of a shareholder to submit resolutions at a corporation’s annual meeting.

Explanation

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America adopted this action in 2016. Given our close relationship with the ELCA, it makes sense to speak with one voice and to act in concert with them in response to the ever-expanding Israeli occupation of Palestine.


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