UMN DIVEST PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Minneapolis, 2/15/2016)

Contact: sjpumn@gmail.com

Call to the Minnesota Student Association, UMN to Support the Divestment from Companies that Profit from Human Rights Violations in Palestine/Israel

We, Students for Justice in Palestine at the University in Minnesota, in conjunction with over 30 UMN student organizations and faculty, call on our administration and Minnesota Student Association to pass a resolution requesting the University of Minnesota to financially divest from corporations that directly profit from human rights violations. Divestment  is the removing of investment from corporations that profit from human rights abuses and violations of international law.

We call for the Divestment of four specific companies: Elbit Systems, G4S, Caterpillar, and Raytheon. The University of Minnesota’s investments in these companies shows implicit support for the decisions and actions of these companies, as well as their consequences, which include the killing of civilians, and violations of their basic human rights. By divesting from these corporations, our University would be refusing to be complicit in human rights violations. Our University should uphold its policy of Social Responsibility (Subd 5 of Board of Regents Policy) which “seeks out investments that support sustainability and refuses to invest in weapons, tobacco or engage in unethical business practices”.

The divestment of these companies would neutralize the University of Minnesota in this conflict as well as serve to continue our legacy of being socially responsible.

The call to divest is a response to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement- a global campaign to pressure Israel into complying with international law and to recognize Palestinians’ rights.  BDS was initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005 and is endorsed by over 170 Palestinian political parties and organizations that represent Palestinian refugees and Palestinians living under occupation in Israel and the West Bank.

We, the students, call upon our university to dissociate itself from companies that engage or aid in systematic prejudiced oppression, whether this system targets people based on their religion, nationality, gender, race or orientation, by divesting from companies that participate in or profit from human rights violations. The inalienable rights of the Palestinian people should not be infringed upon or disregarded..

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