PRO-PEACE, PRO-ISRAEL, ANTI-DIVESTMENT AT STANFORD
In January, 2007, SCAI (Students Confronting Apartheid in
Israel), a newly formed student group at Stanford, launched a campaign urging
Stanford University to divest from Israel. This effort is the latest incarnation
of a nation-wide campus divestment campaign effort initiated in February, 2001,
by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a student group at the University of
California, Berkeley, in conjunction with the San Francisco chapter of the
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. A year later the movement began to
spread to other universities, including the University of Michigan, Yale,
Princeton, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but has failed
in each case. The presidents of numerous universities have openly and clearly
opposed these divestment efforts; Columbia’s president described the alleged
comparison between Israel and South Africa “grotesque and offensive.”
SCAI’s effort mirrors prior campaigns by implying a false analogy between Israel and Apartheid South Africa, and by singling out Israel as responsible for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, rather than acknowledging the suffering of both Israelis and Palestinians throughout this conflict and the need for both parties to work together to resolve the conflict.
For more information, click here for a copy of the full response to divesment (as given to the ASSU).
Or, for a quick list of relevant facts, click here.
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