Hartung and Malinas are correct that we need to discuss more and better solutions for Palestinian human rights. However, divestment and naive “solutions” offered by J Street set us all back. The Palestinians, and those who support them, need also to account for their own historical missteps and figure out what they did wrong.
The intolerance perpetuated by individuals and institutions alike against all students, Jews and non-Jews alike, who support divestment is a problem. These institutions need to start rethinking their policies and their purposes if they don’t want to alienate the new generation of thinkers and activists and find themselves on the wrong side of history.
Winners of the 2015 George and Charlotte Shultz Fellowship for Modern Israel Studies were announced Wednesday morning during a breakfast reception at Hillel. George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, both former U.S. Secretaries of State, attended the reception, emphasizing the significance of conducting field study 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.
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.
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.
At Stanford, we are removed from the hatred that exists in the stones of that Old World land on the Mediterranean. We have the opportunity to look away from the past, and into the future. Let’s start looking at how to solve problems, instead of arguing about who started them.
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…