Methodist Church rejects Israel divestment, withdraws from anti-Israel coalition



The Oregon Convention Center in Portland, which hosts this month's United Methodist Church quadrennial General Conference. Credit: Fcb981 via Wikimedia Commons.

( 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 UMC 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.

“This one-sided political coalition’s website ( reveals that its agenda includes seeking ‘to isolate Israel economically, socially, and culturally,’ and promoting ‘comprehensive divestment’ against Israel, while overlooking anti-Israel aggression,” stated the UMC petition that called for withdrawal from the anti-Israel coalition. “Blaming only one side while ignoring the wrongdoing of Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran will not advance the cause of peace.”

Roz Rothstein, CEO of the pro-Israel education and advocacy group StandWithUs, said, “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.”

Posted on May 18, 2016 .