On november 8 2008, the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire has passed a resolution to support the call for divestment from corporations that allow and profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The resolution intends to increase awareness of the companies that actively participate in the oppression of Palestine, and to divest from these companies.
Passed during the 206th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, the resolution urges the Trustees of the Diocese: (1) to research which corporations permit and provide their products or services to support or facilitate violent acts against innocent civilians, construction and maintenance of Israeli settlements or Israel-only roads, the Israeli military occupation of Palestine, and the construction of the Wall; (2) to examine current investments; and (3) to consider a process of strategically divesting from these companies.
The Diocese issued a statement saying that corporations that profit from oppression are roadblocks to peace, and that these actions could not be ignored, nor could the members of the Diocese be complicit with them by continuing to invest in these corporationsâ products and services. The resolution named corporation such as Caterpillar, Citigroup, ITT Industries, Motorola and United Technologies, which are some of the primary offenders in perpetuating the occupation and violating the rights of the Palestinian people.