Just as we have to support Caroline, Dennis, Frank and Tony, we must stand strong as a student body and demand that the university ring true to its values.
Regardless–and I emphasize regardless–of what narratives one subscribes to about the Palestinian situation, regardless of whether people don’t know much about what’s going on, don’t care, or think it’s too divisive, I ask one very simple question: Why SHOULD we invest in companies that we know cause social harm and violate the most sacrosanct of human rights?
Why do institutions that enabled structural inequality under slavery, apartheid or Jim Crow remain unchanged after such systems become illegal? How can we expect to eradicate structural inequality when oppressive structures remain firmly intact?
Recognizing that not everyone has agreed with me or liked me during this time, I will say that getting people to do so is no longer a goal of mine. What I hope I’ve done over the past 10 weeks is to get people to think critically about some of the following questions:
At stake in the multibillion-dollar American-Israeli occupation of Palestine are contemporary issues that I and many other Stanford students care about, including the increase of racial profiling, police brutality against nonviolent political dissidents, American immigration policy and the welfare of the global poor.