Jewish Voice for Peace at UCLA (JVP at UCLA) is proud to co-sponsor the resolution to divest from companies that are engaged in human rights abuses against Palestinians. As students, we are horrified that our tuition helps fund systematic violence against the families and communities of our Palestinian classmates. As individuals inspired by Jewish tradition, we are deeply committed to the values of equality, social justice, and tikkun olam.
Divestment is neither a political solution, nor an attack on a particular community. Rather, the divestment resolution aims to remove our support for 11 American companies that profit from and help sustain the Occupation of Palestinian Territory. Martin Luther King Jr.’s statement, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” is particularly pertinent when we consider the companies listed on the divestment resolution, and we believe that student oversight over the university’s investments is vital to ensuring that no campus community has to fund the oppression of their families.
JVP at UCLA supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS) movement, a call from Palestinian civil society, whose goals include an end to the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories, equal rights for Arab citizens of Israel, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees. While these three issues remain the ultimate barriers in the struggle for equality and justice, the attack on Gaza this summer, in which 2130 Palestinians and 71 Israelis were killed, including over 500 Palestinian children, adds particular urgency to the matter of divestment.
JVP at UCLA adamantly rejects the assertion that BDS is inherently anti-Semitic and also finds it appalling when the historical persecution of the Jewish people is appropriated to condone state-sanctioned and internationally recognized human rights violations against Palestinians. We call on our student leaders to pass the divestment resolution and send a message to the regents that UCLA students should not have to choose between going to school and funding companies that abuse their communities back home.