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Board of Trustees decides not to divest from companies in Israel

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the Stanford Board of Trustees announced that the University would not divest from certain companies operating in Israel. The statement responds to a request from Stanford Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a student group that hoped Stanford would divest from a list of companies that it claimed profited from human rights abuses in Palestine.

GSB hosts Israeli Entrepreneurship Fair

On Tuesday evening, the Graduate School of Business (GSB) hosted the third annual Israeli Entrepreneurship Fair, an event for Israeli companies from Silicon Valley to recruit potential employees and to share what they do with Stanford students. Approximately 300 people came over the course of the evening, and the room was filled with students and company representatives.

An ineffective push for statehood: why the International Criminal Court wasn’t Palestinians’ best choice

The fact that Palestine is choosing to use this avenue as a means to gain legitimacy toward statehood reinforces the structure of the court and the power differentials it supports. By choosing this particular way to show a serious effort toward statehood, the Palestinians who have joined are working toward becoming a legitimate state in this framework that privileges ideas and power of the global north over the rest of the world.

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…