(RNS) United Methodists twice rejected measures on Wednesday (May 2) that called for the denomination to divest from companies accused of contributing to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
Neither vote was particularly close, with about two-thirds of the 1,000 delegates gathered in Tampa, Fla., through May 4 rejecting the calls for divestment.
The UMC rejected similar measures at its last General Conference in 2008.
“Of course we care about the Palestinians, and what they’ve been through,” the Rev. Bob Long, a delegate from Oklahoma, said during Wednesday’s debate. “But we also care about the Israelis and what they’ve been through.”
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