Over the weekend of, 7th and 8th February, the Church of England clarified their position on their investments in companies profiting from the illegally occupied Palestinian territories and now wish to make clear that late last year they removed over ?2.2 million in Caterpillar, a company whose bulldozers and heavy plant equipment are been used to destroy the homes of Palestinians by the Israeli government.
This is a clear message from the Church of England that they will not have their money tied up in companies that are directly or indirectly engaged in the suppression of the rights of Palestinians.
The Church`s removal of ?2.2 million is a significant blow to those who say that ethical and morally responsible investments can`t be used as a peaceful weapon against the Israeli Government.
We applaud this decision by the Church of England and hope that other organisations that remain invested in Israel will take a look at the moral lead shown to us by the Church of England and disinvest now.`
Palestinian witnesses reported huge explosions on Sunday and the Israeli military confirmed attacks on half a dozen locations, including an abandoned police station in northern Gaza and suspected smuggling tunnels in the south near the Egyptian border.
No casualties have been reported from the Israeli raids on Gaza, which come days before Israeli voters head to the polls to elect a new prime minister.
The military said Sunday’s attacks were the beginning of a new wave of raids over Gaza, but did not elaborate, reports Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel Hamid from Gaza City.
Ehud Olmert, Israel’s out-going prime minister, said that the military would respond to attacks in a “severe and disproportionate” fashion after at least 10 rockets and mortar shells hit southern Israel on Sunday.
“We’ve said that if there is rocket fire against the south of the country, there will be a severe and disproportionate Israeli response to the fire on the citizens of Israel and its security forces,” Olmert said on Sunday at a weekly cabinet meeting.
When did we stop caring about civilian deaths during wartime?
The mere monitoring of bloody conflict assumes precedence over human suffering
I wonder if we are “normalising” war. It’s not just that Israel has yet again got away with the killing of hundreds of children in Gaza.
And after its own foreign minister said that Israel’s army had been allowed to “go wild” there, it seems to bear out my own contention that the Israeli “Defence Force” is as much a rabble as all the other armies in the region. But we seem to have lost the sense of immorality that should accompany conflict and violence. The BBC’s refusal to handle an advertisement for Palestinian aid was highly instructive. It was the BBC’s “impartiality” that might be called into question. In other words, the protection of an institution was more important than the lives of children. War was a spectator sport whose careful monitoring ? rather like a football match, even though the Middle East is a bloody tragedy ? assumed precedence over human suffering.