Mennonite Group Postpones Divestment Vote Over Israeli Occupation

Mennonite Church USA was to vote this week on whether to sell off stock in companies 'known to be profiting from the occupation' in the Palestinian territories.

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A Feb. 17, 2012 file photo showing a protest against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin.Credit: AP
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A leading Mennonite group has delayed a decision on divesting from companies with business tied to Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The Mennonite Church USA was set to vote this week on whether they should sell off stock in companies "known to be profiting from the occupation" and from "destruction of life and property" in the territories.

A church spokeswoman said delegates at a national meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, voted 418-336 to table the resolution until their next assembly two years from now. Twenty-eight delegates abstained.

Earlier this week, the United Church of Christ voted to divest from any company the church considered complicit in human rights abuses by Israel.

The Mennonite Church USA has about 95,000 members and is one of about 40 U.S. Mennonite groups.

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