VICTORY – Church of England Divested from Caterpillar
Over this weekend, 7th and 8th February, 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 been 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 Palestinians.
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 organisations that remain invested in Israel will take a look at the moral lead shown to us by the Church of England and disinvest now.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
“¢ This release replaces embargoed release welcoming the intervention Church of England’s Vicars who were going to write to the Guardian newspaper.
“¢ The Letter from the vicars has now been withdrawn