Mennonites Latest US Church to Dump Israel-linked Investments

10 Jul
12:53 AM

Members of the Mennonite Church USA voted overwhelmingly in support of a resolution condemning Israelā€™s violations of Palestinian rights. (Mennonite Palestine-Israel Network)

Members of theĀ Mennonite Church USAĀ voted overwhelmingly to condemn Israelā€™s military occupation and to support divestment from companies that profit from violations of Palestinian rights.

TheĀ resolutionĀ wasĀ approvedĀ by 98 percent of delegates at the churchā€™s convention in Florida on Thursday.

The Christian denomination has about 95,000 members in 875 congregations across the United States.

Everence, the denominationā€™s asset manager, will be directed to screen its investment and dump holdings in companies that profit from Israelā€™s occupation.

The Mennonites pointed to precedents when the church barred investing in companies that profit from military production and the alcohol industry.

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