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July 9, 2017 12:21 pm

Mennonite Church USA Votes to Divest From Israel

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The Mennonite Church USA logo. Photo: Mennonite Church USA. – The Mennonite Church USA voted on Thursday to divest from any financial holdings of companies profiting from Israel’s “occupation.”

A divestment resolution, which received 98-percent support among the 550 delegates at the Church’s national convention in Orlando, Fla., said the Protestant sect “opposes the Israeli military occupation while taking a stand against antisemitism and affirming the need to build stronger relationships with Jewish communities.”

The resolution asked the Church’s financial agency, Everence, to “review investment practices for the purpose of withdrawing investments from companies that are profiting from the occupation.” It also called on individual adherents of the Mennonite denomination to review their investments.

Drawing its roots from the Radical Reformation of the 16th century in Germany and Switzerland, Mennonite Church USA was formed as a result of the 2002 merger between the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church. Like other mainline Protestant movements, Mennonite Church USA has suffered substantial membership declines in recent decades. Mennonite Church USA stated its membership was 78,000 in 2016.

Earlier this month, another mainline Protestant church, the United Church of Christ, overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning Israel for its alleged treatment of Palestinian children.

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  • Jake

    For some people the policies of the Israeli government can never be wrong. From what I’ve seen in this, and other Israel/Palestine discussions, Zionists howling about anti-semitism is that issue’s version of “playing the card.” It is used as a rhetorical tool for people to get whatever they want, but it undermines and demeans the legitimate anti-semitism of the past and present.

  • ricardo

    What to expect from a Church whose very sacred texts embody racism and anti-Semitism?

  • dante

    no surprise. these Christian denominations (mennonite, ucc, the delusional carter denominations, etc.) represent an avatar of the reflexive, retrograde, anti-Jewish barbarism of approx 80,1000 & 2000 years ago. whatever the circumstance, these trogs will blame the Jews. the really precious mennonite touch is the use of the dove in their logo: the policies that they advocate support, excuse, and conduce to death and destruction…but, in their ridiculous self-conception, they are irenic, virtuous, courageous.

    • Jonas v G

      Right, this so called church has stolen Judaism and raped it for political purpose.
      ones a Jew-hater always a Jew-hater.

  • KyraNelson

    Oh, those high-tech Israeli galvanized buckets with the crank handle to knead dough without electricity- those slippery Mennonites-they’ll be going without them.

  • PatekCalatrava

    Anti-Semitism, all dressed up as a concern for human rights this time, is back in style and flourishing in some Protestant churches.

  • brenrod

    and I have just decided that the mennonites are my enemy and anything I can do to damage them is a good thing

  • johnhenry

    If my Church ever passes a similar resolution, I will redirect a portion of my givings to a Jewish charity. Long live Israel.

    • Jonas v G

      bravo and thanks