I caution readers against acting on misinformation – as this committee is not the General Assembly. It will only make recommendations which must then be approved by the plenary. So … none of this is final. But people should be made aware of Committee 15’s current “progress”. Yep … that’s what they call it.
First, Committee 15 has voted to recommend divestment (36 in favor, 8 opposed, 1 abstained).
Second, the committee has endorsed a boycott of all products made by Jews in the West Bank (37 in favor, 8 opposed).
At the moment Committee 15 is discussing whether or not to disavow the apartheid proposal. Currently talk seems to lean toward the opinion that apartheid is too mild a term.
One sided hate speech abounds at this meeting.
UPDATE 2: One has to wonder about any committee that calls Anna Baltzer as an expert witness. Apparently Baltzer, the national organizer for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, is representing the PC(USA)’s Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns (ACREC).
UPDATE 3: Committee 15 had voted to disapprove the Israel = Apartheid overture.
UPDATE 4: C 15 is now discussing the worst of all overtures. In any sane discussion it would be laughed out of the room, met with the ridicule, scorn, and abhorrence it deserves. Somehow I don’t think that will happen here
UPDATE 4.5: It was disapproved by a vote of 26 to disapprove – 19 -3.