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Peace and Justice in the Holy Land (81241-FA-R312)

Add to Resolution 312:
Be it Resolved that the 2008 General Conference of the United Methodist Church calls upon the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits and the General Council on Finance & Administration to review the investments of the church and undertake a process of phased, selective divestment (beginning with dialogue) from any multinational corporations profiting from activities, including: any violence in the area; demolition of Palestinian homes; construction of the wall; continuing the occupation; institutions that perpetrate or support violence against Israelis, or; confiscation of Palestinian land; following United Methodist guidelines which require a period of information gathering and evaluation of alternative means of economic intervention.
Be it further resolved, that the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, using traditional shareholder advocacy tools, request that selected corporations doing business in Israel and Palestine evaluate the implementation of their respective Codes of Business Conduct and prepare a public report documenting the findings.  The General Board, in keeping with its practice of public disclosure and transparency, will report actions to influence corporate behavior on its web site.
Be it further resolved, that the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits and other investors associated with The United Methodist Church invest in “companies . . . that make a positive contribution toward the realization of goals outlined in the Social Principles . . .” and that divestment be considered when other significant shareholder actions have been exhausted.  The General Board of Pensions and Health benefits is encouraged to use its financial leverage to push for high standards of accountability among corporations conducting business in regions of the world with civil and political unrest.
Be it further resolved, that the 2008 General Conference calls upon the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society to initiate a study of the feasibility of advocating for other organizations to become involved in phased, selective divestment from any multinational corporations profiting from the illegal and violent activities noted above.  We pray that this resolution will give hope to Palestinians and Israelis working for peace, including our Christian counterparts in the region, and let them know they are not forgotten.