Students Hail Significant Milestone in Push for Divestment

by Students for Palestinian Equal Rights

In a powerful show of solidarity, over 75 Stanford students turned out Tuesday evening to express support for the campaign calling for Stanford University’s Board of Trustees to divest from a set of companies that violate international law and abuse human rights in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (see photos and videos here).

The students hailed over the two dozen student groups, including the NAACP, Stanford Students for Queer Liberation, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA), Stanford Says No to War, Asian American Student Association, the Stanford Labor Action Coalition, and the Black Student Union. These were among the 10 student groups that spoke strongly in favor of divestment at a Senate meeting the previous week.

While the divestment bill put forward by Students for Palestinian Equal Rights did not pass, the Associated Students of Stanford University Undergraduate Senate passed a separate resolution expressing its firm stance against investment in companies that cause “substantial social injury.” It further called on the Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing to review the University’s investments to ensure compliance with the University’s Statement on Investment Responsibility.

Inspired by the words of support they received from all corners of the globe, including from Nobel Peace Laureates Desmond Tutu and Mairead Maguire, Rogers Waters of Pink Floyd, Alice Walker, Jewish Voice for Peace, and a coalition of 86 Palestinian university elected student councils and youth organizations, the 1500 individuals, including over 1000 students, who have signed the Stanford divestment petition will continue to push forward in their efforts to end Stanford’s complicity in human rights violations in Israel and the Occupied Territories.

In moments like this, we recall the wise words of Nelson Mandela: “there is no easy walk to freedom anywhere and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintops of our desires.” While the summit remains elusive, the climb continues.

 

Students for Palestinian Equal Rights is a vibrant activist organization at Stanford University.  We organize educational events, and to campaign for the University’s divestment from companies profiting from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.  To learn more about us please visit sper.stanford.edu, or contact stanfordsper at gmail dot com.

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