A Stanford junior and several other individuals have been falsely depicted, by a fake news release as leaders of a campaign to boycott Iran and other Middle Eastern nations.
As the ASSU Undergraduate Senate prepares to discuss for the third straight week a bill put forward by Students for Palestinian Equal Rights (SPER) supporting selective divestment from Israel, SPER and the Stanford Israel Alliance (SIA) have both received outside statements of support from prominent individuals, including Nobel Prize winners and congressmen.
Douglas Oberhelman, CEO and chairman of Caterpillar Inc., emphasized the long-term planning necessary to run his company in contrast with the start-up mindset of Silicon Valley in a speech Thursday night in Cemex Auditorium.
“You’re the engine of improving the world today,” said Helen Stacy, a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) for International Studies, to a student activism focus group Monday evening. “So we want to give you more of what you need to be a platform — to help you spread your word.”
Fadi Quran ‘10, a Palestinian-American Stanford alumnus arrested in Hebron, West Bank Friday, was released from Israeli custody Tuesday on a bail of 3,000 shekels. He is now home with his family, according to his sister Semma Qura’an, in a tweet to The Daily. Quran’s release came after he was refused bail during an initial trial on Monday.
Divestment from the U.S. ally may be ‘tough love,’ but being a friend to Israel entails not accepting its behavior as given.