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July 3, 2015 11:01 am

Episcopal Church Rejects Israel Divestment, Mennonites Delay Vote for 2 Years

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The Episcopal Church, its  website featured in the image, rejected a resolution to divest from Israel. Photo: Screenshot.

The Episcopal Church, its website featured in the image, rejected a resolution to divest from Israel. Photo: Screenshot.

JNS.org – The Episcopal Church on Thursday overwhelmingly rejected a resolution to divest from Israel, while Mennonite Church USA voted to delay a decision on divestment until its next general assembly two years from now.

The Episcopal House of Bishops nixed the divestment measure in a lopsided voice vote at its 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Mennonite Church, meanwhile, decided to table a divestment resolution in a 418-336 vote.

The Episcopal resolution was put forth by the Episcopal Committee for Justice in Israel and Palestine, which called on the church to investigate whether it is “complicit in Israeli human rights abuses through investments in companies that profit from Israel’s illegal occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands, and to advance the process to divest from such companies if we are found to be doing so.”

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After the rejection of the divestment resolution, Rabbi Noam Marans—director of interreligious and intergroup relations for the American Jewish Committee—said, “The Episcopal Church is a significant partner in bringing the Abrahamic faiths together in support of Israeli-Palestinian peace.”

Earlier this week, the United Church of Christ had passed a resolution to divest from Israel at its General Synod in Cleveland.

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  • dolly

    I’m very disappointed the Episcopal church has approved of Israelis’ killing of 2000+ innocent Palestinian children and women. By refusing to take a stand against such evil acts, they are complacent, and thus contributing to the evil.

    Israel will get nowhere until Bibi is removed.

  • Lynda Wright

    I can no longer attend the United Church, the church where I was baptized,married,taught Sunday School and worshiped for most of my adult life. Their BDS action against Israel, a country surrounded by an enemy that is dedicated to its obliteration is so misdirected. Moreover, it makes the world a more dangerous place for my Jewish grandsons and their mother.

  • A better interpretation of Abrahamic faith is is what is really needed, and as absurd as this claim sounds, I think I can help.

    @TooRiel on twitter… challenging every rational person to use their own judgment.

  • Hinda

    The United Church of Christ has long been associated with those who hate Jews. From supporting Henry Ford to the KKK and even the Nazis. It has also supported along with the Presbyterians any anti-semitic attack in any form (play, book, movie, propaganda documentary and the ongoing support for the enemies of Humanity (PLO/Hamass).

    If anyone believes in their faith of Christianity, it is time to stop being silent and scream that you will not align yourself with these promoters of terrorism/evil.

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