Mennonites Delay Divestment Vote

NEW YORK (AP) -

A leading Mennonite group has delayed a decision on divesting from companies with businesses operating in Yehudah and Shomron.

The Mennonite Church USA was set to vote this week on whether they should sell off stock in companies “known to be profiting from the occupation” and from “destruction of life and property” in the Palestinian territories. But delegates at a national meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, voted 418-336 to table the resolution until their next assembly two years from now, a church spokeswoman said Thursday. Twenty-eight delegates abstained.

Separately Thursday, Episcopal Church bishops, gathered for the denomination’s General Convention in Salt Lake City, rejected a divestment proposal.

The Mennonite Church USA has about 95,000 members and is one of about 40 U.S. Mennonite groups.