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Stanford University Says No to BDS Resolution Proposed by Students for Justice in Palestine

Stanford’s Board of Trustees turned down the group's demand that the school divest from "certain companies" that do business in Israel

By: Daniel Koren

Published: April 16th, 2015 in News » World

Photo: Students for Justice in Palestine rally at SJSU


Responding to the local chapter of blatant anti-Israel group Students for Justice in Palestine's demand that Stanford University divest its “endowment holdings of certain companies that do business in Israel,” the school's Board of Trustees has said no to this BDS measure, via a statement they released Wednesday.

Students for Justice in Palestine had called on Stanford to “divest its holdings in certain companies that they claim profit from human rights abuses and violations in international law in Israel/Palestine,” according to the statement.

The Board continued to say that they analyzed the request made by the group, and decided that “the university’s mission and its responsibility to support and encourage diverse opinions would be compromised by endorsing an institutional position on either side of an issue as complex as the Israel-Palestine conflict.”

Well said.

Furthermore, the Board cited that Stanford is open to a diverse community where students of all sides are engaged in the matter, stating that “a diversity of viewpoints and Stanford’s commitment to open, thoughtful and civil debate are critical to the educational mission of the university.”

The vote comes just days after a Jewish student at Stanford, Molly Horwitz, claimed she was biased against for her Jewish religion. During her interview with the Students of Color Coalition, she was asked “Given your strong Jewish identity, how would you vote on divestment?” and several other questions about how her Judaism would "interfere" with her ability to make decisions.

In February, Stanford voted yes on an Israel divestment resolution, which was passed 10 4 with one abstention. The resolution was put forward by the student group Stanford Out Of Occupied Palestine, and called for the university trustees to divest from companies that “violate international humanitarian law by: maintaining illegal infrastructure of the Israeli occupation… facilitating Israel and Egypt’s collective punishment of Palestinian civilians… [and] facilitating state repression against Palestinians by Israeli, Egyptian or Palestinian Authority security forces.”

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