BDS Event to Be Held by Columbia Students Demanding The University ‘End Investments in Israeli Apartheid’
Two student groups have banded together to pressure Columbia University into divesting “from companies that benefit from or provide funds for the continued presence of Israeli homes, business, and infrastructure in the West Bank,” the CU student-run, campus news website Bwog reported on Monday.
Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace have dubbed their joint organization “Columbia University Apartheid Divest” (CUAD), and are advertising their “first-ever” event on Thursday evening at the Ivy League school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
They are also circulating an online petition and referring students to a Facebook invitation page, BDS 101, on which there is the following post: “CUAD is happy to announce that Barnard Columbia Socialists will be cosponsoring this event with us!”
The lecture hall where the event is slated to take place is in the mathematics department, in a room that purportedly seats 55 – though as of the time of this writing, there are 96 people who say they are definitely going and another 106 who have expressed interest in attending.
In its “Statement to the Columbia Community,” CUAD says its campaign – “against the backdrop of Columbia and Barnard students’ history of moral commitment to social, political, and economic justice” — is “embedded in the larger Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement directed toward the State of Israel until it complies with international law by:
1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall;
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
The statement goes on to explain the logic by which CUAD believes it can convince Columbia to succumb to its pressure, invoking two instances – one from a few months ago and another in 1985 (relating to South African apartheid) — in which students were successful at such an endeavor:
On June 22nd 2015, the Columbia University Board
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