American Jewish Congress Launches Campaign to Counter Divestment Efforts

April 8, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

On April 8, 2005 the Religion News Service reported, "The American Jewish Congress (AJC), an advocacy group, has launched a campaign to counteract an effort by some church groups divesting from companies that do business in Israel. The divestment effort, which has been spearheaded by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and other church groups that are unhappy with Israel's policies toward Palestinians, has drawn fire from Jewish groups. In response, the AJC is urging Jewish groups and financial professionals to purchase stock in companies that are in the process of divesting, in an attempt to convince those companies to continue to do business in Israel. Paul Miller, the AJC president, criticized the divestment campaign as misguided and dangerous."