British Jewry was stunned and outraged over a surprise decision on Monday by the Anglican Church's General Synod to divest from companies whose products are used by Israel in the territories.
The synod backed a call by the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem to divest from "companies profiting from the illegal occupation," such as Caterpillar, which makes the bulldozers that Israel is using to build the separation fence.
Several Protestant churches in the United States have adopted similar resolutions over the past two years.
John Benjamin, who heads an umbrella organization for British Jews, told Haaretz that a check with the church's investment arm revealed that the resolution will have no practical implications. Nevertheless, he said, "we are worried by the way the General Synod adopted the resolution, without conducting a serious debate and without discussing alternatives to the boycott weapon."