Mennonite Church USA drops Israel-linked investments


Published: 2017-07-09 15:22

Last Updated: 2017-07-09 16:32

Mennonite Church USA drops Israel-linked investments
Mennonite Church USA drops Israel-linked investments

The Mennonite Church is the latest US church to cut ties with Israel-linked investments.

At least 98 percent of the church voted against Israel’s military occupation, and in favour of supporting divestment from companies that profit from violating Palestinians’ rights.

The church has about 95,000 members in 875 congregations across the United States, most of whom contributed to passing the pro-Palestine resolution at the church’s convention in Florida on Thursday.

The Christian denomination’s financial manager, Everence, will now dump holdings in companies that profit from Israel’s occupation.

The Mennonites were further encouraged to work alongside elected US officials “to advocate to end military aid and arms sales to Israel as well as to pressure Israel to freeze settlement construction in the occupied West Bank,” reported the Electronic Intifada.

The resolution calls on the Mennonites to urge US lawmakers to “respect the civil rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and the rights of refugees, end the occupation, and work for a just peace in accordance with international law.”

“This resolution is a long overdue response to the Palestinian Christian call to the global church,” said Joy Lapp, professor at Iowa Wesleyan University and one of the founders of the Mennonite Palestine-Israel Network.

“Today we stand in solidarity with their courageous and nonviolent efforts for justice and equality,” Lapp added.

At the last Mennonite convention in 2015, a similar resolution on the BDS movement failed to pass when members failed to reach a consensus on the matter.