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Anna Baltzer

The Pendulum Swings & A New Era Has Begun: Presbyterian Church (USA) Endorses Boycott, Splits on Divestment

[Image by Ethan Heitner. From Creative Commons.]

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 ...

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Anna Baltzer


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.