The Mennonite Church USA voted last Thursday to divest from companies that profit off the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian territories. This resolution simultaneously emphasizes a disapproval of the Israeli military occupation and the need to build stronger relationships with Jewish communities as well as combat anti-Semitism. Such votes are growing in popularity among religious groups as part of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement intended to place pressure on Israel.
Leading up to this vote, NI cofounder Jonathan Kuttab served as a resource for the Mennonites by traveling around the country and talking to delegations about the situation in Palestine and Israel. Another cofounder, Dr. Mubarak Awad, stated that “the Mennonite Church has taken a strong stand for human rights in Palestine” in light of this vote.
Read more about the vote here.