Jennifer Bing, AFSC Chicago staff, passes along this good news from Loyola Students for Justice in Palestine. Chicago AFSC Middle East program staff and fellows provided resources and support on this effort over the past year.
"At approximately 6:30PM on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, the Student Senate of Loyola University Chicago, the largest Jesuit University in the nation, voted to divest from the Israeli Occupation with a vote of 26-0-2.
So why, if all sides are calling for a two-state solution as the final outcome in Palestine-Israel, has 21 years of a “peace process” failed to achieve an agreement? This is the question Josh Ruebner posed to an audience recently at Drake University.
Approximately 750,000 Palestinians were displaced and became refugees as a result of the 1948 war which led to the founding of Israel. None of these displaced persons were ever allowed to return to the homes or communities from which they were displaced and the Palestinian refugee population has continued to grow in the time that has passed since 1948. Today there are more than 7 million Palestinian refugees scattered around the world. The reality of Palestinian forced displacement is at the core of the Palestinian experience and the Palestinian refugee issue is at the hea
Overlooking the illegal Israeli settlement of Shiloh in the West Bank.
Israel’s policy of building settlements in occupied territory is one of the core issues in the conflict. Illegal under international law, settlements are built on confiscated or stolen Palestinian land, are one of the core justifications for the building of the wall and the restriction of Palestinian movement within the West Bank, contribute to forced displacement, severely limit Palestinian access to basic resources including land and water, and perpetuate a system of segregation and legal and structural inequality between Palestinians and Israelis. Understanding Israel’s
Abir Kopty is a leading social, feminist, and political activist born in Nazareth and currently based in Ramallah. She will speak about popular resistance, the challenges to resistance in Palestine, and why the BDS movement is important for resistance on the ground.
Students join call of people of conscience around the world to divest from corporations that profit from Israeli occupation
Students from colleges and universities around the United States have joined AFSC and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) in sending a video message to one of the largest financial services companies in the United States: divest from corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation.
Marking Palestinian “Land Day”, students from Palestine and colleges and universities around the United States have joined AFSC and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) in sending a video message to one of the largest financial services companies in the United States: divest from corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation.
We Divest – This is the site of the We Divest TIAA-CREF Divestment Campaign. It includes background information on the campaign, resources for activists, and a link through which you can sign the We Divest petition. http://wedivest.org/
Who Profits - Who Profits is dedicated to exposing the commercial involvement of companies in the continuation of Israeli occupation. The project publishes information about companies, produces in-depth reports, and serves as an information resource center. http://www.whoprofits.org/
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