Hampshire College Becomes First US College to Divest from Israel
The Board of Trustees at Hampshire College has agreed to divest from six companies because of their involvement in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Hampshire is believed to be the first US college or university to divest from companies tied to the Israeli military. The companies are Caterpillar, United Technologies, General Electric, ITT Corporation, Motorola and Terex. The board agreed to the divestment following a two-year campaign by the campus group Students for Justice in Palestine. Thirty-two years ago, Hampshire College became the first school to divest from apartheid South Africa.
-DemocracyNow Headlines February 12th 2009
After Hampshire College Divested from the Israeli occupation of Palestine, SJP members worked hard to get our message out and counter the misinformation that was coming from the college administration and outside media and pundits. Two ways we did this was by making a packet called Divestment: What really happend? and we created the website Voices of Divestment to document the overwhelming student and alumni support for this political decision. Just incase we loose this site I have copied the contents it at the bottom of this page.
Voices of Hampshire, Voices of Divestment
The Administration at Hampshire College has issued a statement distancing itself from the movement to divest from the Israeli Occupation of Palestine, organized and led on this campus by Students for Justice in Palestine.
They claim that this move to divest has nothing to do with the Occupation of Palestine, and perhaps for them, it does not.
However, for the more than 800 students, staff, faculty, alumni and parents who have signed SJP’s call for divestment, it has everything to do with our collective desire to see the end of the Occupation and the restoration of justice to the Palestinian people.
For us who are at the heart and forefront of this movement, we have divested specifically because of Israel’s human rights violations and war crimes.
This is our movement, this is our divestment.
We have taken a stand against occupation, by forcing the Administration to take our money out of the offending corporations. Regardless of whether or not they were happy to do so, regardless of whether or not they side with our stance on the Occupation.
This has been a demonstration of student power, of the power of people to organize where they are to dismantle systems of oppression. This has been a demonstration of people’s power, not the power of some institution or some passing administration.
This is a space to share some of the faces and voices behind the campaign to divest, the voices of the divestment, the true voices of the movement that the Administration cannot account for publicly.