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Letter of support drafted by faculty of UC Riverside and signed by professors across the country.


  • Department of English 1202 HMNSS -040

    College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Riverside, CA 92521

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    April 14, 2014

    To whom it may concern:

    We, the undersigned faculty from universities around the country, salute and commend the efforts of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights at the University of Washington, Seattle, to get the UW Student Senate to pass a measured and thoughtful motion to divest from corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

    We agree with the motion in its recognition that the Israeli occupation is both illegal under international law and involves extensive and ongoing violations of human rights and international law that are systemic in nature and thoroughly documented by a range of internationally respected organizations. Corporations that collaborate with and profit from the occupation are themselves therefore complicit in the perpetration of human rights violations. Furthermore, we endorse the statement that a decision to divest from corporations that profit from these fundamental violations is and should be in keeping with the commitment to respect for human rights, non-discrimination and ethical values that is a cornerstone of any universitys moral and intellectual mission. It is clearly in keeping with the University of Washingtons own stated commitment to the active pursuit of global engagement and connectedness and to fostering engaged and responsible citizenship.

    We therefore urge the Student Senate at the University of Washington, Seattle, to live up to these ethical principles and to pass the divestment resolution.


    Joel Beinin, Stanford University

    Eduardo Cadava, Princeton University

    Mary Yu Danico, California State University, Pomona

    Colin Dayan, Vanderbilt University

    Erica Edwards, University of California Riverside

    Alessandro Fornazzari, University of California, Riverside

    Cynthia Franklin, University of Hawaii

    Jess Ghannam, University of California, San Francisco

    Terri Ginsberg, International Council for Middle East Studies

    Macarena Gomez-Barrs, University of Southern California

    Barbara Harlow, University of Texas, Austin

    Linda Hess, Stanford University

  • Department of English 1202 HMNSS -040

    College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Riverside, CA 92521

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    Cheryl Higashida , University of Colorado, Boulder

    Nasser Hussain, Amherst College

    Robin D. Kelley, University of California Los Angeles

    J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University

    Jodi Kim, University of California Riverside

    David Klein, California State University, Northridge

    Dennis Kortheuer, California State University, Long Beach

    Mariam Lam, University of California Riverside

    David Lloyd, University of California Riverside

    Alex Lubin, University of New Mexico

    Sunanina Maira, University of California, Davis

    Frederick C. Moten, University of California, Riverside

    Bill Mullen, Purdue University

    Nadine Suleiman Naber, University of Illinois, Chicago

    David Palumbo-Liu, Stanford University

    Laura Pulido, University of Southern California

    Dylan Rodriguez, University of California Riverside

    Jeff Sacks, University of California Riverside

    Steven Salaita, Virginia Tech

    Sarita See, University of California Riverside

    Freya Schiwy, University of California, Riverside

    Malini Johar Schueller, University of Florida, Gainesville

    Snehal Shingavi, University of Texas, Austin

    Rajini Srikanth, University of Massachusetts Boston

    Neferti Tadiar, Barnard College


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