Israel divestment resolution rejected by Episcopal body, tabled by Mennonites

While the United Church of Christ passed a resolution for divestment from companies working in Israel’s occupied territory at its General Synod in June, a similar measure failed at the Episcopal Church convention.

Episcopal News Service reported that the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church “sent a strong and clear message July 2 that divestment from companies and corporations engaged in certain business related to the State of Israel is not in the best interests of the Episcopal Church, its partners in the Holy Land, interreligious relations, and the lives of Palestinians on the ground.”

The resolution had asked denominational leaders to monitor “U.S. and foreign corporations that provide goods and services that support the infrastructure of Israel’s occupation,” ENS reported.