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Faculty members send letter to APIRL opposing divestment

A combined 135 Stanford faculty members have submitted two different statements to the Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Leasing (APIRL) opposing the recent call for Stanford to divest from certain companies identified as complicit in human rights violations in Israel and Palestine.

The longer statement of the two, circulated by Avner Greif, Lawrence Marshall, Steve Zipperstein and Larry Diamond and signed by 114 current and emeritus faculty members, bemoans the “simplicity” of the onrushing divestment campaigns on campus.

“We believe these statements represent a considerable segment of campus opinion,” Diamond said in an email to The Daily.

“Israel deserves to be treated — much like nearly all other states — as a state worthy of criticism; the onslaught unleashed at Stanford suggests something far more overarching in its reach,” the statement read.

David Kreps and another 20 faculty members, while acknowledging their slight disagreement on “portions” of the first statement, say in their own statement that they are also opposed to the divestment activities because of the one-sided nature of the campaigns.

Signers of both statements mention are concerned that the divestment would be detrimental to reaching a compromise between Israel and Palestine.

Contact Qitong Cao at qitong ‘at’ stanford.edu.

  • mxm123

    An exercise in mendacity. No better way to describe these profs and their letter.

    For fifty plus years Palestinians have had no voice in the American public sphere. Now through social/alternative media they , and their supporters, have revealed what really happens to them under Israel. And student bodies around the country have voted for divestment. And these profs want to pretend that they know best. I thought Stanford students are supposed to think for themselves. Its hypocrisy at its finest.

    Its not as if the Stanford Hillel which is part of the larger Hillel organization has been silent. They have actively collaborated with Islamophobic groups like StandWithUs to run an active smear campaign. But of course not a word from our profs about the Hillel and its propaganda campaign.

    The Israeli settlement program is nothing more than outright ethnic cleansing and apartheid. Israeli ministers in the cabinet like Bennett and Lieberman openly advocate apartheid and ethnic cleansing. Those are cold hard facts and there is nothing “simplistic” about it. And these profs want to pretend that questioning Israeli conduct, subsidized by American tax dollars, is one sided.

    Using their logic targeting Apartheid in South Africa was one-sided. Cause it targeted South Africa !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • anon

    “For fifty plus years Palestinians have had no voice in the American public sphere.” comment by Stanford student

    “The Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization were found liable on Monday by a jury in Manhattan for their role in knowingly supporting six terrorist attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004 in which Americans were killed and injured.

    The damages awarded are 655.5 million.” NYT, 2/23/154

    The PLO has been recognized since 1964 as the representative of the Palestinian people by more than 100 countries.

  • mxm123

    When can the Palestinian sue , in America, for the violation of their Geneva Convention rights ? Oh wait, Congress is not going to write a law for them.

    Being recognized by more than 100 countries doesn’t mean they had a voice in America. Big difference. The growth in social media correlates with increased awareness of the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian side of the story.

  • robman012

    I nominate this for comment of the year!

  • robman012

    Blah Blah Blah. They called Nelson Mandela a “terrorist,” too. Its easy for th USA to call people who are fighting for their freedom “terrorist” when those people don’t have the interest of the USA in mind.