The United Methodist Church (UMC) voted down four resolutions that called on the Church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
At its May 10-20 General Conference in Portland, Ore., the United Methodist Church also voted—478 in favor and 318 against—to withdraw its membership, financial support, and staff participation from the “U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation,” a coalition encouraging boycotts of Israel.
The petition, titled, “End Coalition Support,” calls out the US Campaign as a “one-sided political coalition,” and notes that, “its agenda includes seeking ‘to isolate Israel economically, socially, and culturally,’ and promoting ‘comprehensive divestment’ against Israel, while overlooking anti-Israel aggression.” The petition concludes by recognizing that, “blaming only one side while ignoring the wrongdoing of Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran will not advance the cause of peace.”
StandWithUs applauds the United Methodist Church for voting to withdraw its membership, and for ending all its financial support and staff participation.
StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein said, “we couldn’t agree more with the petition passed by the UMC.”
She added: “By severing its ties with anti-Israel groups, the UMC has reaffirmed its role as an agent of reconciliation and peacemaking between Israelis and Palestinians.”