Mennonite Church Passes Anti-Israel Resolution

Jul 7, 2017

The Mennonite Church USA voted yesterday to sell off its holdings in companies that profit from what the church described as the “Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.” The decision was made in Orlando at a national Mennonite convention, which represented 75,000 church members.

While the resolution condemns anti-Semitism, encourages stronger ties between church members and Jews, and endorses a review of how Mennonites responded to the Holocaust, it also directs managers of the 3 billion dollar Everence church fund to screen holdings to avoid any economic support for “Israeli policies in the occupied territories.”

Such votes by the Mennonite Church and other religious groups are occurring as the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) is gaining strength on U.S. college campuses and elsewhere as a means of delegitimizing Israel. The founder and leaders of the BDS movement are clear in their intent – they want to destroy Israel. It is anti-Semitic at its core.

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