A Presbyterian committee in the U.S. has declared that the church will use its stock holdings to stop five companies with links to Israel from contributing to the ‘ongoing violence that plagues Israel and Palestine’.

The companies charged include Catepillar, who manufactures bulldozers, ITT Industries and Motorola for selling their products to the Israeli Army.

According to the church, these companies have been chosen because their acts ‘support and maintain the occupation; establish, expand, or maintain Israeli settlements; support or facilitate violent acts by Israelis or Palestinians against innocent civilians; and support or facilitate the construction of the Separation Barrier.’

Jewish lobby groups such as the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League have condemned the move.