Regional bodies within the Presbyterian Church USA are calling on the church to end or change its policy of divestment in companies working in Israel.
The five church presbyteries have drafted the documents calling for a change in the organization’s selective divestment policy, which was adopted in 2004 to pressure Israel to pull out of Palestinian territories, The Associated Press reported.
The move had strained relations between the church and the Jewish community. Church officials are still negotiating with some of the multinational corporations in question.
As such, the officials said they would have no position on the new recommendations at the church’s General Assembly in June.