Event #747 Anglican Communion urges member churches to consider divestment Date: Friday, 24 Jun 2005
Meeting in Nottingham on 24 June 2005 (earlier, reports had suggested the debate would be on 22 June), Anglicans voted to urge their member churches to consider disinvesting from companies involved in Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands.
The Anglican consultative council voted unanimously for the measure, which was opposed by the last archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbi, who fear it will damage Jewish and Christian relations. Among those voting for the measure was Dr Rowan Williams, the current Archbishop of Canterbury.
The vote was prompted by the Anglican Justice and Peace Network, and is being seen as largely symbolic. The resolution was weaker than the one originally proposed, but still calls on the church to pressure firms involved in Israel's activities in the occupied territories. Any company would first be talked to, but ultimately churches could sell their shares in them.
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