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JCPA endorses Sudan divestment

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs voted Monday for a targeted divestment initiative to help halt genocide in Darfur, Sudan. “By passing the resolution to support targeted divestment from Sudan, the members of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs are sending a strong message that the American Jewish community will not allow its money to fund the genocide in Darfur,” said Ruth Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service. AJWS, which announced the campaign last week, is mobilizing its activists to persuade individual, institutional and government investors to divest from international companies that do business in Sudan. Targeted divestment is intended to spare companies involved in medicine, education, agriculture or other fields that might adversely impact the humanitarian situation in Sudan.