“Progressives are speaking up, and it’s only a matter of time until Israel is held accountable for its human rights abuses and violations of international law,” Hirschhorn continued.
The UCC vote passed overwhelmingly—508-124—a point that author and Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah sees as noteworthy:
A separate resolution that labeled Israeli actions against Palestinians as apartheid got 51 percent of the vote, failing to achieve the 2/3 majority necessary for passage.
The UCC vote follows a similar move by the Presbyterian Church last year, which Robert Naiman, Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy, described as a “turning point” in the Israel/Palestine conflict.
The Episcopal Church and Mennonite Church USA area also weighing divestment resolutions this week.
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