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Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

I am appalled and saddened by the decision of the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly to disinvest in companies that sell to Israel.

I believe that the vote is a step backward in the ongoing peace process and takes sides in a very complex conflict. Additionally, it gives aid and comfort to the terroristic Palestinian organization Hamas and the anti-Israel groups that support the “Jew-free Middle East” movement.

As one individual, I realize that I can do little to change this. But I can do something to show my discontent.

Therefore, I will no longer support any Presbyterian cause outside my local church, Bellevue United Presbyterian Church, until this decision is reversed.

Paul A. Cusick


The writer, Bellevue's mayor, is Bellevue United Presbyterian Church's treasurer and president of its board of trustees.



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