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Bold, beautiful, BDS: The moral case for saying “Yes to Divest”

Columbia University Apartheid Divest

Columbia Spectator

Fri Apr 13 2018

...From the historic divestment from the South African Apartheid State in 1985 to the recent divestment from climate change-denying companies, we as Barnard students have demonstrated our commitment to ending Barnard’s institutional complicity in global systems of oppression, and it is this legacy that we take up once again. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement initiated by Palestinian civil society over a decade ago takes its inspiration from the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa—with the support of that movement’s leaders—and calls for individuals, institutions, and governments to remove themselves both economically and symbolically from the Israeli State until it abides by international law by ending the occupation, decolonizing all occupied Arab lands, and dismantling the Apartheid Wall; recognizing the equal rights of all civilians living in Israel; and respecting, protecting, and promoting the Right of Return for all Palestinian refugees as stipulated in UN Resolution 194....

Bold, beautiful, BDS: The moral case for saying “Yes to Divest”