So no, I would never expect J Street to come out in support of the PCUSA's divestment initiative.
Palestinian civil society has called for Boycott, divestment and Sanctions.
But when it comes to energy, divestment from coal or fossil fuels is much more symbolic—and not very meaningful.
divestment may an appealing short-term action for people concerned with the effects of coal and fossil fuels on the environment.
Costello is undoubtedly a big fish for the Boycott, divestment, and Sanctions movement.
“We urged Elvis Costello to respect the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions on Israel,” she said.
You see, Beinart offers a false dichotomy: either J Street supports Presbyterian divestment or it does not.
And in the case of South Africa, the divestment effort helped hasten the demise of an evil regime.
divestment against Israeli companies and academic boycotts of Israeli universities are also being advocated.
But in a slack and unreflecting fashion the divestment has gone on until the aggregate effect is unmistakable.
The act of a corporation or conglomerate in getting rid of a subsidiary company or division. In a tactic to pressure South Africa to end apartheid, during the 1980s many Americans and Europeans urged divestiture on corporations doing business in South Africa.