Archbishop Desmond Tutu Urges Presbyterians to Adopt Divestment
|This button is the symbol of the interfaith coalition that has come together to support Presbyterian divestment.|
The American Muslims for Palestine has been working with a large interfaith coalition to support the efforts of Presbyterians who are asking the Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly this week to divest from companies that conduct business in Israel. Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlitt Packard all are complicit in Israel's occupation of Palestine and its abuses of Palestinian human rights. AMP National Director of Media and Communications Kristin Szremski gave a lecture Friday night at the Islamic Center of Detroit to discuss how and why she converted to Islam and began working for the Palestinian cause. Earlier in the day, community leader Rafeeq Jaber delivered the sermon at two Friday prayers, also with the goal of stressing the importance of legitimate interfaith work and why Muslims should be supporting Presbyterians working for justice in Palestine. More than 50 volunteers from AMP-Detroit signed up to volunteer with the interfaith coalition.
The Presbyterian Church USA is one of the largest Protestant denominations, with 3 million members, in the United States. A successful divestment vote would be an historical event that could forever change the boycott, divestment and sacntions movement here. Two years ago, the Presbyterian General Assembly narrowly defeated the divestmenet effort by a vote of 333-331, with two abstentions. On Monday, AMP, long with other coalition volunteers, engaged with Presbyterian delegates after they left a lobbying breakfast arranged by pro-Israel lobby groups, who are working to stop the divestment vote.