March 5, 2013
Dear ASSU Undergraduate Senators,
As a coalition of more than 400 organizations around the United States advocating for an end to U.S. political and institutional support for the Israeli occupation, we wholeheartedly endorse the proposed Stanford University Undergraduate Senate Resolution: “Ensuring Investment Responsibility and Protecting Human Rights in Israel/Palestine.” Passage of this resolution would honor and continue Stanford’s proud history of divestment from companies that profit from violent, oppressive, and discriminatory practices.
Every day, Palestinians suffer ongoing displacement, discrimination, and exile as a consequence of Israel’s abusive policies, which are abetted by companies including those listed in this resolution. Struggling for their most basic rights to freedom, justice and equality, Palestinians are asking people of conscience to stop profiting from Palestinian suffering. We join them in this principled call. After all, we cannot talk about peace while simultaneously investing in violence.
Groups around the country are cheering you on, Senators. Campuses have been at the forefront of social justice struggles throughout recent history, even when doing so was unpopular. We cannot celebrate this legacy and simultaneously shy away from taking a stand on issues of today. It’s time to stand on the right side of history again by voting for this important resolution today, urging the Board of Trustees to review Stanford’s endowment and divest from companies unwilling to end their involvement in the brutal and ongoing violation of Palestinians’ basic rights.
With great anticipation,
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
P.O. Box 21539, Washington, D.C. 20009
A national coalition of more than 400 groups–including 64 in California–the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation works to end U.S. support for Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. They support a U.S. policy that upholds freedom, justice and equality.