|Mission Agency Takes No Position on Financial Divestment in Israel|
New York, NY, August 17, 2007 -- The General Board of Global Ministries has taken no position on financial divestment in Israel. The international mission agency is not submitting a resolution to The United Methodist Church's highest legislative body supporting divestment in companies doing business in Israel as a protest to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
A draft document positing such action in some circumstances was drafted by staff and inadvertently include in a packet of other draft resolutions distributed to Board directors; however, the staff-written, so-called "divestment resolution," had not been reviewed or cleared, as protocol requires, by several other United Methodist agencies that deal with Middle East issues.
Directors have taken no action and the draft resolution has been dropped from consideration. The General Board of Global Ministries is strongly committed to peace and justice in the Middle East. It will proceed on all policy matters related to Israel/Palestine in a collaborative relationship with its partner United Methodist agencies.
Date posted: Aug 17, 2007