Task Force Issues Divestment Recommendations

July 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Religion News Service


LAWRENCE, Massachusetts...(July 2, 2007)... The New England Conference of The United Methodist Church has issued its Divestment Task Force report, including recommendations for divestment from twenty companies identified as supporting the Israeli occupation in Palestine.

Based on the research and findings of the Conference's Divestment Task Force, the report outlines the process and the recommendations for divestment. The company listing with details on each company and the reasons for the divestment recommendation can be found at www.neumc.org/divest. The web site also includes the original resolution, a full copy of the report and recommendations of the Divestment Task Force, and additional supporting documentation and resources, including statements from Jewish organizations in support of divestment.

The Divestment Task Force was created to implement Resolution 204, which was passed during the 2005 New England Annual Conference session (RS-204: Resolution on Divesting from Companies that are Supporting in a Significant Way the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories). This resolution followed on the heels of Resolution 312 which was passed at the 2004 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

"Selective divestment is consistent with the United Methodist commitment to a just and sustainable peace for all the people of the Middle East," commented William P. Aldrich, chairperson of the Divestment Task Force. "Resolution 204 and the work of the Divestment Task Force in New England support the General Conference resolution, and offer a tangible way of working toward this goal."