University of Stanford should make the Moral Decision to Divest from Israel’s Occupation
3 March 2013
While occupation, dispossession and oppression continue in Palestine, decent and conscientious persons around the world are doing their best to bring an end to the suffering of the people who live there.
The international indifference, the disarray in the Arab world, and the huge imbalance of power between the oppressed and the oppressor leave people in the outside with very few ways for showing their solidarity and support. The most moral and effective way for helping the victims of the inhuman policies on the ground is through campaigns of morally-consistent pressure on Israel, as in the divestment initiative being debated at Stanford.
More and more communities around the world have realised it and have joined in these nonviolent and successful campaigns to advance peace and reconciliation on the ground. Today the students, staff and trustees of the University of Stanford are asked to make this moral decision: do you want to be counted with those who could look back in time and be proud and relieved in the stance they have taken, or be sorry for being passive, apathetic or hesitant?
I salute the brave and committed students of Stanford for making the right choice that will help us all, Palestinians and Israelis, to move towards a better and peaceful future based on justice and international law.
*The author of numerous books, Ilan Pappe is professor of history and director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter.