November 2012 - SJP at UCLA calls for a debate on divestment in the Daily Bruin:
"In the past, our university has divested from South Africa during apartheid and has improved worker conditions by implementing anti-sweatshop policies and by purchasing fair trade products.
Students should continue this tradition by supporting measures that hold Israel accountable to universal standards of human rights and international law. On behalf of Students for Justice in Palestine, we welcome a debate, moderated by a neutral third party, on the merits of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement."
This call has been repeated several times in the past year, but without a response. We believe that student groups that oppose divestment should either present their arguments and persuade the public of their position, or allow divestment to pass in the UCLA student government. It is wrong to prevent divestment from passing while avoiding a real debate on the issue.