I write in solidarity with the students of Evergreen State College who just passed an overwhelming student vote asking the Evergreen State College Foundation divest from doing business with companies that profit from Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Considering the events of past week, killing of peace activists by the IDF, this is welcome news as it enables me to hope that more voices in favor of peace and end of occupation will be raised in the United States. The complete text of the resolution is posted below:
Resolution #1: We, the student body of The Evergreen State College, call on The Evergreen State College Foundation to instate a socially responsible investment policy. To this end, we ask them to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestine. As members of the Evergreen community, we stand with conscientious Palestinians, Israelis, and other international figures such as South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu to endorse the non-violent tactic of boycott, divestment, and sanctions for a peaceful and just resolution to the Israel/Palestine conflict. Do you support this resolution?
Passed by 79.5% of the student vote!
Resolution #2: In 2003, Evergreen student Rachel Corrie was killed by a weaponized Caterpillar bulldozer while non-violently protecting the home of a Palestinian family in Rafah, Palestine. Numerous Palestinian civilians have been killed by militarized Caterpillar bulldozers, as well. Caterpillar, Inc. knowingly sells bulldozers to Israel for military purposes in violation of international law and the US Arms Export Control Act, despite on-going pressure from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch that they desist. Their equipment is used to demolish Palestinian homes, wells, olive trees, orchards, farmland, and other infrastructure as well as to build Israel’s Annexation Wall, which was declared illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004. Therefore, we, the student body, demand that The Evergreen State College declare a CAT-Free Campus and instate the following policies:
- Refuse to allow Caterpillar equipment to be used for maintenance and upkeep of campus facilities.
Include stipulations in all construction agreements that no Caterpillar equipment will be used for any contracted services with the college.
Please visit their website for more details and to support this moral effort.