Students around the world call on universities to divest from Israeli war crimes and apartheid – Middle East Monitor


Today, students from more than 70 universities around the world will stage protests on campus and email their vice-chancellors calling for the full withdrawal of investment in companies complicit in war crimes and the Israeli apartheid.

Students will focus on university investments in companies such as Rolls-Royce, BAE, HP and Booking.com. Rolls-Royce and BAE produce the weapons used to attack Palestinians living under blockade in Gaza, and HP supplies the technology used at Israeli checkpoints. Booking.com offers accommodation in illegal Israeli settlements, on land stolen from Palestinians.

“How can our Vice-Chancellor think it’s okay to invest money in companies involved in war crimes?” Manal said to Nottingham. “There’s a lot of talk about ‘decolonization’, but we need to see real change if it’s really going to happen.”

Sima at Warwick states “as students at Warwick we are appalled that money from this campus is being used to maintain an apartheid state. We call on our Vice Chancellor to divest of these businesses without hesitation”.

Earlier this week, more than 25 eminent academics signed a open letter universities around the world to divest from Palestine. Signatories included Professor Gilbert Achcar (SOAS), Professor Ilan Pappe (Exeter), Professor Dina Matar (SOAS), Professor Robin DG Kelley (UCLA), Professor Emeritus Caroline Rooney (Kent) and Professor Mohamed El- Gomati OBE (York).

Shamiul Joarder, public affairs officer at the FOA, said that “the government is currently trying to suppress our freedom to boycott, divest and sanction Israel (BDS). But the #Divest4Palestine campaign shows that students and scholars, as well that the rest of the British public are increasingly showing that they do not tolerate any complicity in Israeli war crimes and apartheid”.

Student action across the world will be united under the hashtag #Divest4Palestine on social media today.

READ: 25 prominent scholars sign open letter to universities worldwide to divest from Palestine

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