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Chairman Brown,
I regret that I am unable to attend and submit testimony today on HB476. I oppose this proposed legislation. As one of the Oberlin students in Students for a Free Palestine (SFP) who worked to pass our divestment resolution through the Oberlin student government in 2013, I feel that this work was critical to my education.
A member of the group will be distributing copies of the 'zine "Oberlin Divests" 'zine, also attached here. This document was researched and published by SFP in 2013. This 'zine contains the original draft of the Oberlin SFP BDS resolution, the text of the Palestinian Call to BDS, and some commentary from student supporters. Please note, the resolution in the 'zine is the original draft. It was modified before it was endorsed by Oberlin Student Senate in the spring of 2013. This 'zine explains our rationale for divestment from corporations operating in the Occupied Palestinian. SFP had as our focus Caterpillar, HP, Soda Stream, Veola and Elbit, selected for their involvement in settlement industry, the illegal occupation, and war crimes. This ‘zine and the resolution it contains where massive research projects. Please note the extensive endnotes that cite international law, UN reports, Israeli human rights NGOs, among other sources.
I hope this 'zine will provide insight into the student wing of the BDS movement. It will show that this movement is highly inclusive of students of all faiths, including those who identify as Jewish. Several of the students who contributed to or are quoted in this 'zine identify as Jewish. It makes a criticism of Israel without disparaging Jews, showing that criticism of Israel is not necessarily anti-Semitic. 
As a Ohioan student, my involvement in the BDS movement was crucial to my education. I learned more through my involvement in SFP than in most classes. Having the chance to advocate for justice is a transformative experience. Because of it, I am a stronger person, more critical thinker, and better leader. Had advocacy for BDS been chilled through measures such as HB476, this critical learning, not to mention the seeds of justice we sowed that I hope will one day bear fruit, would not have occurred. 
Thank you,

Lucia Kalinosky


Students for a Free Palestine 2013 Resolution



Oberlin College
Students for a Free Palestine

This zine introduces a divest-ment effort initiated by Ober-lin Students for a Free Pales-tine (SFP). Here you will find the historical context for this


campaign, explanations of the urgency and necessity of en-gaging in this nonviolent strat-egy, and information to learn more and get involved.
Our mission as Students for a Free Palestine here at Ober-lin is first and foremost to stand in solidarity with the Pales-tinian people. We strive to do this by raising awareness of the oppression and vast suffering of Palestinians under the Israeli occupation both within historical as well as present



Table of Contents
SFP Mission Statement 3
Oberlin Divestment Resolution 4-13
The Palestinian call for Boycott,
Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) 14-15
Oberlin students’ reflections on BDS 16-18
List of BDS campaigns worldwide 19

Students with sign that reads, “Soli-darity with Gaza.” Fall 2012, Cleve-land, OH.


contexts. We work to create more nuanced dialogue on campus as well as in our larger communities. We recognize that we do not speak for the Palestinian people; instead, we make every effort to enable Palestinian voices and struggles to be heard and widely known.
We as a group do not specifically endorse either a one or two-state solution; instead, we advocate for the right of all Palestinians to self-determination. Furthermore, we call on Israel to adhere to international law. More specifically, we demand that:


  1. Israel ends its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantles the Wall;




  1. Israel recognizes the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and,




  1. Israel respects, protects and promotes


the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.





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Students for a Free Palestine 2013 Resolution

WHEREAS, Article 49, paragraph 6, of the Fourth Geneva Convention states, “the Occupying Power shall not

settlement activity”;5 WHEREAS, according to the Hague Convention, the
exploitation of natural resources

WHEREAS, Oberlin College proclaims a proud history of studentopposition to oppression and injustice;

WHEREAS, the role of student activists in exposing South Africa’s apartheid system and supporting equality, freedom, and dignity sets an example for us to follow as students of global conscience;

WHEREAS, the example of


South Africa demonstrates that it is imperative for students to stand unequivocally against all forms of racism and bigotry globally and on campus,

WHEREAS, the Occupied Palestinian Territory is




controlled through military force by the Israeli


government;

WHEREAS, the Separation Wall annexes parts of the West Bank to Israel and restricts access to water supplies and other vital resources for Palestinians;

WHEREAS, according to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), “The construction of the wall being built by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and its associated régime, are contrary to international law”;1
WHEREAS, according to Article 120, paragraph 4 of the same ICJ opinion, the establishment and expansion of settlements in the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem is also illegal by international law;2
deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies”;3
WHEREAS, according to the UN General Assembly’s application of the Fourth
Geneva Convention the establishment and expansion of settlements “in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, especially settlement activities...
remain contrary to international law and cannot be recognized, irrespective of the passage of time”;4
WHEREAS, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted that the US policy “on Israeli settlements has not changed and will not change. Like every
American administration for decades, we do not accept the legitimacy of continued

in the Occupied Palestinian


Territory is also illegal by international law;6
WHEREAS, the international community as represented by the UN Security Council, Human Rights Council Fact-Finding mission in Gaza, the ICJ, the US Department of State, the Special Rapporteur
on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, and the UN General Assembly have recognized and condemned Israel’s above mentioned violations of human
rights and international law. This condemnation is manifested
in dozens of resolutions concerning the state of Israel;7


WHEREAS, an international independent fact-finding





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Resolution, continued.

socially responsible investment outlined in its Investment Policy

homes, neighborhoods in refugee camps, water cisterns,

mission established by the UN Human Rights Council asserted, “Private companies must assess the human rights impact of their activities and take all necessary steps – including by terminating their business interests in the settlements – to ensure they are not adversely impacting the human rights of the Palestinian People in conformity with international law as well as the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”;8


WHEREAS, the UN Special
Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, concluded in a October 25, 2012 report that “the businesses highlighted in the report – as well as the
many other businesses that are profiting from the Israeli settlement
enterprise – should be boycotted, until they bring their operations into line with international human rights and humanitarian law and standards”;9
WHEREAS, international corporations have been complicit in these severe and ongoing human rights violations systematically committed
by the Israeli government, and their involvement has been documented by human rights organizations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Al-Haq, Defense for Children International, Addameer, B’tselem, Adalah, Badil, the Israeli Coalition Against House Demolitions, and the Coalition of Women For Peace through its project WhoProfits;

WHEREAS, Oberlin College has no formal policies of


and has minimal investment transparency. Therefore the College may invest in, and thereby profit from, companies which have an active role in the human rights abuses and institutionalized structural violence against the Palestinian people, making it a complicit third-party;

WHEREAS, the following illustrative and non-exhaustive list of companies, which the College may be invested in, play a role in these human rights violations: Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, Group 4 Securicor, SodaStream, Elbit Systems, and Veolia;

WHEREAS, Caterpillar has helped sustain the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory by continually providing engineering tools and bulldozers, routinely used in the demolition of Palestinian
and agricultural fields; WHEREAS, Caterpillar has also provided engineering tools and bulldozers to expand illegal settlements and construct
the Separation Wall and checkpoints throughout the West Bank;10
WHEREAS, Caterpillar’s unmanned D-9 bulldozers were used in Israel’s military offensive, “Operation Cast Lead” in 2008, during which 1,400 people, including 13
Israelis and 320 Palestinian children, were killed; the United Nations fact finding mission condemned this action as collective punishment, which is a war crime;11
WHEREAS, Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) has restricted the freedom


of movement of Palestinians and reinforced





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Resolution, continued.

government and to the local settlement municipality rather than to any Palestinian

of these illegal settlements; the buses run on separate roads that are closed for Palestinian use;19

a stratification of citizenship by providing biometric identification systems used at Israeli military checkpoints;12


WHEREAS, Group 4 Securicor (G4S) provides security equipment for Israeli prisons that hold Palestinian political prisoners and for Israeli military checkpoints, as well as security services to businesses in the illegal settlements
;13
WHEREAS, Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) and G4S both profit from global mass incarceration; HP provides prisoner data systems for the
Department of Homeland
Security’s Immigration and Customs (ICE) Law Enforcement Support Center;14 G4S operates
private prisons around the world and multiple
privatized juvenile detention facilities in the U.S., operates transportations services for
ICE deportations across the U.S.-Mexico border, and provides control systems and surveillance equipment to three prisons designated for
Palestinian political prisoners in
Israel;15

WHEREAS, SodaStream operates its main manufacturing plant in the illegal settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim, in the West Bank, on land confiscated from its Palestinian owners by the Israeli military, rendering it inaccessible to local residents without a special security permit;16


WHEREAS, SodaStream enjoys special benefits awarded to settlement businesses including lax regulation and low taxes, and pays taxes to the Israeli


authority, thereby exploiting the local resources of land, water, and labor while strengthening the illegal settlements;17


WHEREAS, Elbit Systems (Elbit), a military electronics company, has provided surveillance systems for the Separation Wall which runs through occupied
Palestinian land.

WHEREAS, the Israeli military has used Elbit’s Unmanned Air Systems, more commonly known as drones, for surveillance and combat actions over the past decade which have resulted in civilian casualties;18


WHEREAS Veolia
Environnement (Veolia,) profits from bus lines and a light rail system that connect Israeli settlements to Israel, and thus contribute to the infrastructure

WHEREAS, Veolia operates the Tolvan landfill in the West Bank, used by settlements for dumping waste from illegal settlements and Israel on confiscated Palestinian land;20


WHEREAS, Veolia operates through its Israeli subsidiaries a wastewater plant providing services to the illegal settlement of Modi’in Illit;21
WHEREAS, these six companies have been directly engaged by various public campaigns and concerned investors about their complicit involvement in the previously mentioned human rights violations to no avail;

WHEREAS, on July 9th, 2005,




171 Palestinian


Civil Society organizations launched



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Resolution, continued.

Resolution, cont., & endnotes

the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, a rights-based approach operating within an anti-racist framework that rejects all forms of racism, including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism22;


WHEREAS, the BDS campaign calls on all people of conscience around the world to engage in nonviolent acts of non-cooperation towards the state of Israel until it complies with international law, including ending the occupation of and colonization of Palestinian land and dismantling the wall, recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality, and respecting, protecting
and promoting the rights of
Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and


properties as stipulated in UN


Resolution 194;

WHEREAS, divestment is a nonviolent strategy employed by universities, religious organizations, and civil society organizations around the world to pressure corporations to withdraw from business resulting in severe violations of international law and human rights;

WHEREAS companies such as Caterpillar, HP, G4S, SodaStream, Elbit, and Veolia
directly profit from the ongoing violations of international law and human rights and have an economic stake in the
continuation of these violations;

LET IT BE RESOLVED, that Oberlin College examine its financial assets to identify its investments in companies


that a) provide weaponry, security systems, prisons, or military support for the illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories, or b) facilitate the building or maintenance of the illegal Separation Wall or the demolition of Palestinian homes, or c) facilitate the building, maintenance, or economic development of illegal Israeli settlements, outposts, and segregated roads and transportation systems on occupied Palestinian territory;

LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED, that Oberlin College instruct its investment managers to divest fully from these aforementioned companies, within the bounds of their fiduciary duties, until such companies cease the practices identified in this Resolution;


23LET IT FURTHER BE

RESOLVED, that Oberlin


College will not make further investments in any companies materially supporting
or profiting from Israel’s occupation in the above-mentioned ways.
__________________________
ENDNOTES
1. Legal Consequences of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Advisory Opinion, ICJ Reports 2004, p. 136, available at www.icj-cij.org/ docket/files/131/1671.pdf.


  1. Ibid.




  1. Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Peoples in Times of War, August 12, 1949, 6 U.S.T. 3516, 75 U.N.T.S. 287, available at http://www.icrc.org/ihl.

nsf/FULL/380?OpenDocument.


  1. UN General Assembly, A/RES/ ES-10/6: Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, February 9, 1999, available at http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/




  1. The Arab American Institute. “Urge

President Obama to Support the UN Resolution


Condemning
Israeli
Settlements.” Last




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Endnotes, continued.

Caterpillar?” 2011. http:// www.globalexchange.org/ economicactivism/caterpillar/why

March 2011. http://whoprofits. org/sites/default/files/WhoProfits-PrivateSecurity-G4S.pdf (accessed

modified February 17, 2011. http:// www.aaiusa.org/blog/entry/urge-president-obama-to-support-the-un-resolution-condemning-settlements/ (accessed March 13, 2013).

6. Hague Convention Respecting

the Laws and Customs of War on

Land and Its Annex: Regulations

concerning the Laws and Customs

of War on Land, October 18, 1907,

Article 55, available at http://www.

icrc.org/ihl.nsf/full/195.

7. i.e. S/RES/171 (1962) [S/5111], S/


RES/228 (1966), S/RES/237 (1967), S/
RES/248 (1968), S/RES/250-S/RES/252
(1968), S/RES/256 (1968), S/RES/259
(1968), S/RES/262 (1968), S/RES/265
(1969), S/RES/267 (1969), S/RES/270
(1969), S/RES/271 (1969), S/RES/279
(1970), S/RES/280 (1970), S/RES/285
(1970), S/RES/298 (1971), S/RES/313
(1972), S/RES/316-S/RES/317 (1972),
S/RES/332 (1973), S/RES/337 (1973),

S/RES/347 (1974), S/RES/425


(1978), S/RES/427 (1978), S/RES/444

(1979), S/RES/446 (1979); “UN

independent expert calls for boycott

of businesses profiting from Israeli

settlements.” United Nations News

Centre, October

25, 2012.

8. UN General


international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, February 7, 2013, A/ HRC/22/63.

9. “UN independent expert calls for

boycott of businesses profiting from

Israeli settlements.” United Nations

News Centre, October 25, 2012.

10. Global Exchange. “Why

Caterpillar?” 2011. http://RES/446

(1979); “UN independent expert calls

for boycott of businesses profiting

from Israeli settlements.” United

Nations News Centre, October 25,

2012.


8. UN General Assembly, Report of

the independent international fact-

finding mission to investigate the

implications of the Israeli settlements

on the civil, political, economic,

social and cultural rights of the

Palestinian people throughout the

Occupied Palestinian Territory,


including East Jerusalem, February 7,

2013, A/HRC/22/63.

9. “UN independent expert calls for

boycott of businesses profiting from

(accessed March 18, 2013).


  1. Richard Goldstone. “Report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict.” September 2009. http://www2.ohchr.org/english/ bodies/hrcouncil/docs/12session/A-HRC-12-48.pdf (accessed March 18,

2013).



  1. The Coalition of Women for Peace. “Technologies of Control: The Case of Hewlett Packard.” Last modified December 2011. http:// www.whoprofits.org/sites/default/ files/hp_report-_final_for_web.pdf (accessed March 13, 2013).




  1. The Coalition of Women for Peace. “The Case of G4S: Private Security Companies and the Israeli Occupation.” Last modified March 2011. http://whoprofits. org/sites/default/files/WhoProfits-PrivateSecurity-G4S.pdf (accessed March 13, 2013).




  1. Global Exchange. “Why

Hewlett-Packard?” http:// www.globalexchange.org/ economicactivism/hp/why (accessed March 18, 2013).


15. The Coalition of Women for Peace. “The Case of G4S: Private Security Companies and the Israeli Occupation.” Last modified

March 13, 2013).




  1. Who Profits. “Sodastream: A Case Study for Corporate Activity in Illegal Israeli Settlements.” Last modified January 2011. http://www.whoprofits. org/sites/default/files/WhoProfits-

ProductioninSettlements-SodaStream. pdf (accessed March 13, 2013).




  1. Ibid. 4, 6, 7.




  1. Global Exchange. “Why

Target Elbit Systems?” Last modified February 26, 2013. http://www.globalexchange. org/economicactivism/elbit/why (accessed March 13, 2013).




  1. The Coalition of Women for Peace. “Veolia Environment Israel.” http://www.whoprofits.org/sites/ default/files/the_activities_of_veolia_ in_israel_-_an_update.pdf (accessed

March 3, 2013).




  1. Ibid, 1.




  1. Ibid, 2.




  1. “BDS Movement Position on

the Boycott of Individuals.” Last modified February 21, 2013. http:// www.bdsmovement.net/2013/bds-movement-position-on-boycott-of-individuals-10679#sthash.z5o1svwx. dpuf (accessed




March 13, 2013).




Assembly,

Report of the


independent

Israeli settlements.” United Nations

News Centre, October 25, 2012.

10. Global Exchange. “Why


see www.bdsmovement.net for more information.


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Palestinian Call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
BDS is a campaign started by 171 non-governmental organizations in support of the Palestinian cause for boycott, divestment, and international sanctions against Israel. Find more information at bdsmovement.net
al intervention and peace-making have until now failed to convince or force Israel to comply with hu-manitarian law, to respect funda-mental human rights and to end its occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine; and In view of
apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite con-scientious Israelis to support this
Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace.

One year after the historic Advi-sory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which found


Israel’s Wall built on occupied Pal-estinian territory to be illegal; Isra-el continues its construction of the colonial Wall with total disregard to the Court’s decision. Thirty eight years into Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights, Israel con-tinues to expand Jewish colonies. It has unilaterally annexed occu-pied East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and is now de facto an-nexing large parts of the West Bank
by means of the
Wall. Israel is also preparing – in the shadow of
its lanned redeployment from the Gaza Strip – to build and expand colonies in the West Bank. Fifty seven years after the state of Israel was built mainly on land ethnical-ly cleansed of its Palestinian own-ers, a majority of Palestinians are refugees, most of whom are state-less. Moreover, Israel’s entrenched system of racial discrimination against its own Arab-Palestinian citizens remains intact.
In light of Israel’s persistent violations of international law; and Given that, since 1948, hun-dreds of UN resolutions have con-demned Israel’s colonial and dis-criminatory policies as illegal and called for immediate, adequate and effective remedies; and Given that all forms of internation-


the fact that people of conscience in the international community have historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injus-tice, as exemplified in the struggle to abolish apartheid in South Af-rica through diverse forms of boy-cott, divestment and sanctions; and Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression;


We, representatives of Pales-tinian civil society, call upon inter-national civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boy-cotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the

These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determi-nation and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:





  1. Ending its occupation and colo-nization of all Arab lands and dis-mantling the Wall

  2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citi-zens of Israel to full equality; and




  1. Respecting, protecting and pro-moting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties

as stipulated in UN resolution








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Why divestment?

Oberlin students about

Why Oberlin?

Words from current

with divestment at

Why now?

why they’re involved

Oberlin now.




This divestment campaign is extreme-ly important because if our own government refuses to hold Israel ac-countable for its ongoing violations of Palestinian rights, then the respon-sibility to make change falls upon private citizens and institutions like

I believe in the BDS movement be-cause I believe in Palestinians rights to self-determination and to freedom. I support the BDS movement because it is a grassroots resistance movement directly organized by Palestinians in fighting both Israel’s colonial domina-



As both an American and a Jew I feel implicated in the persistence of oc-cupation and apartheid in Israel Pal-estine. This is not to say that I am in anyway ashamed of my Jewish identi-ty. To do so would be to duplicate the faulty assumption (perpetuated by Zi-onist rhetoric), which equates Jewish identity with the interests of the Israeli state. I do not appreciate having my Jewish identity reduced to the limited confines of a racist and xenophobic mind set. Nor do I appreciate being excluded from my own Jewishness for attempting to remain faithful to my own moral compass. The two are not mutually exclusive. Yet I am cau-tious to assert that my Jewish Identity is what gives me the right to critique the Israeli state. doing so would com-pletely contradict my attempt to rec-ognize my privilege in this matter. This is perhaps the “personal baggage”


that I bring to this campaign, but it is also part of the work itself.
-Aaron Braun,

2013
I support divestment because it edu-cates people around the world about the grave human rights abuses being committed against the Palestinian people, while simultaneously forcing the international community and the US government to address the un-equal power differentials of the con-flict, which are most explicitly charac-terized by Israel’s apartheid policies. Divestment is an effective strategy because it is non-violent, has worked in the past, and is something everyone can easily be a part of.


-Brittany Dawson, 2013
One reason I support BDS is because of the many ways in which Israel’s border operates as a U.S. border in the service of empire. I reject all mili-tarized, racist, colonial borders, local-ly, nationally, and globally. Solidarity has to be about locating ourselves
in relationship to struggle, and as an American Jew I strive to be in solidar-ity with Palestinians who have issued this call, because I don’t want walls built in my name.


-S.G., 2014


Oberlin College. For too long, Israel has acted with complete impunity as it has destroyed the lives of Pal-estinians and assaulted their human dignity. For decades the Israeli state has been sheltered from internation-al scrutiny and accountability by the
exceptional diplomatic and economic favors bestowed upon it by the United States. This makes our role as US cit-izens even more urgent and relevant. Support the divestment campaign, and show the rest of the country and the entire world that we here at Ober-lin will not stand by and be silent while atrocities are committed with the assistance of our tax dollars and the complicity of our political leaders. -Daniel Gould, 2013
The more I work with the Oberlin College administration, the more I find that people get too caught up in finances to see how they can make justice happen. BDS provides an op-portunity for our college to demon-strate the commitment to justice that is at the base of Oberlin’s existence.
-John Bergen, 2015
tion and Western hegemony and capi-talism. -J.G.
This is perhaps the “personal baggage” that I bring to this campaign, but it is also part of the work
itself.”
I support BDS because it aims to rec-ognize the possibilities for non-violent resistance given the contemporary limiting power of sovereign na-tion-states. As a U.S. citizen, I actively support the militarized, illegal, vio-lent, and colonial borders that system-atically occupy and destroy the Pal-estinian nation. Oberlin, too, actively supports the gross injustices occuring in the region, and we must support the call for BDS


in solidarity with


Palestine.
-A.D. Hogan,
2013


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Why divestment?

Oberlin students about

Why Oberlin?

Words from current

with divestment at

Why now?

why they’re involved

Oberlin now.





Who has pledged to divest?








Oberlin Students for a Free Pales-

-IMPACT (the Irish Municipal,

tine are joining an international call!

Public and Civil Trade Union)

Worldwide, churches, unions, and

which is Ireland’s largest public

colleges and universities, have sup-

sector and trade union



Oberlin’s divestment initiative ex-emplifies the inclusive nature of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement. As a BDS initiative, it reit-erates the international Palestine sol-idarity community’s commitment to antiracist organizing by recognizing and rejecting discrimination in both local and global contexts.


BDS empowers everyday people, those of us who don’t hold high gov-ernmental positions, to raise the cost of the Israeli government’s noncom-pliance with international law. Ober-lin’s divestment campaign provides students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members with a space to employ their knowledge and compas-sion toward one specific initiative that can truly effect change.
-Amanda Jacir, 2013



Oberlin’s divestment campaign provides students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community mem-bers with a space to employ their knowledge and compas-sion toward one specific initia-tive that can truly effect change.


ported the Palestinian call for BDS by -The Ontario Chapter of the Cana-


launching various campaigns. Some dian Union of Public Employees
of these organizations include: -The Congress of South African
-The Presbyterian Church Trade Unions
-World Council of Churches -UC Berkeley
-United Church of Christ -UC Irvine
-New England Conference of the -UC San Diego
United Methodist Church -Duke University
-Quaker Friends Fiduciary -Evergreen State College
Corporation -Hampshire College
-The Church of England -Arizona State University
-United Church of Canada -Brown University
-Britain’s National Union of Jour- -Brooklyn College
nalists -Columbia

University


-University of
Western Sydney
-University of
Manchester




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