CoE committee against house demolitions backs Archbishop of Canterbury

 The Israeli Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD) yesterday welcomed the decision of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, to support the motion issued on 6 February 6 by the Synod of the Church of England for "morally responsible investments" and in particular "to disinvest in companies that profit from the illegal occupation, such as Caterpillar Inc." In a letter to the Archbishop, ICAHD representative Jeff Halper expressed hope that "the call for disinvestment in Caterpillar echoes in the prophetic tradition of our population, so that the leaders of the British Jewish community join the initiative." He added: "what unites us is the comprehension that either Israelis and Palestinians reach a just peace or both populations will continue in their spiral of violence and sufferance". In response to those that misunderstood the support given by Rowan Williams to the initiative, to the point that the top British Rabbi Jonathan Sacks had asked for clarifications, the ICAHD representative specified: "As Israelis and Jews we deplore also the declarations of those who labelled the members of the Synod, you included, as anti-semitists. It is inconceivable for us, actually we find it grotesque that Jews who suffered eradication and exile can defend the demolition of thousands of homes or any aspect of the occupation". The US Caterpillar company produces D-9 and D-10 bulldozers that have the explicit aim of demolishing Palestinian homes, and it sells its machinery to Israel as military equipment. The Synod of the Anglican Church had shares in the company, but last month ordered their sale for 2.5million pounds. Less than 5% of the 12,000 Palestinian homes demolished by Israel in the occupied territories were for security reasons. In 95% of the cases the families involved were innocent. Source: MISNA

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