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Stanford group calls for 'divestment' from companies that profit in Israel

Students Confronting Apartheid by Israel (SCAI) has relaunched its campaign to build student support for divestment of Stanford University’s endowment from companies that SCAI says profit from human rights violations against Palestinians. SCAI plans to start at a grassroots level to garner student support.

“We are morally bound to stop making the harming of others profitable,” said Cecilie Surasky, deputy director of Jewish Voice for Peace, of using divestment to combat perceived human rights violations. Surasky was one of three panelists at SCAI’s presentation last Thursday to renew the divestment campaign it began in 2007. Approximately 60 people attended the presentation.

The Israel-Palestine conflict has been a divisive topic for decades, and many are reluctant to directly oppose or support either side. As a result, SCAI’s proposition calls for selective divestment rather than divestment from Israel as a whole.

“We’re not calling for divestment from Israeli companies but rather companies that violate human rights laws,” said current law student Omar Shakir ’07, the main speaker at Thursday’s presentation.

[…] According to SCAI, notable companies that meet those criteria include Motorola, Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar and Veolia Transportation, which operates Stanford’s Marguerite shuttle system.

Read the full story at the Stanford Daily.

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