From the Editors
The Pendulum Swings & A New Era Has Begun: Presbyterian Church (USA) Endorses Boycott, Splits on Divestment
There is a moment, just before a pendulum changes direction, when it is perfectly still. It is precisely that moment that marks the end of an old way and the beginning of a new one. That is what happened for divestment at the 2012 Presbyterian Church USA (PC(USA)) General Assembly in Pittsburgh. At the General Assembly, a coalition of groups rallied to support the Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) in its efforts to pass a recommendation from the Mission ...Keep Reading »
Anna Baltzer is National Organizer with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and an award-winning lecturer, writer, and activist for Palestinian human rights. She is author of Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories and has contributed to several other books. Baltzer is co-founder of the St Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee. At the Presbyterian GA, she served as a guest speaker for the Israel Palestine Mission Network and an Advocacy Committee on Racial and Ethnic Concerns Resource Person for the Middle East & Peacemaking Committee, which ultimately recommended boycott and divestment.
The military, however, has quickly come to the realization that the protesters are imposing new realities on the ground. Those realities threaten the future of the current political order and, by implication, the privileges the military was able to secure under Muslim Brotherhood rule.click | email | tweet