We at the Student Collective Against Labor Exploitation unanimously recognize the repression of the Palestinian people at the hands of imperialism.
We understand that settlements violating international law are being built in occupied Palestinian territory not only because they create "facts on the ground" for the Israeli government to be able to control key natural resources and labor in Palestinian land, but also because companies such as Cement Roadstone Holdings and Cemex profit from settlement construction.
We understand that 513 Palestinian children were killed this summer in Operation Protective Edge not only to crush any Palestinian resistance against Israeli government control of airspace, coastal waters, electromagnetic space, imports and exports, and caloric intake of civilians in Gaza, but also because Raytheon, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and United Technologies gain considerable revenue from the machines used to kill men, women, and children.
We understand that Palestinians are systematically given less freedom of movement than Israelis, leading to both civilians in need of medical attention dying while waiting in security lines and mothers giving birth to children at checkpoints, not only because the Israeli government views the entire Palestinian people as a security threat, but also because HP needs a market for its biometric identification systems. All of these companies are multi-national, meaning we do not pass judgement on any national or specifically anti-Israel basis: capital isn’t divided along geopolitical borders, so why should we be?
We understand that as students in our public university, we have an obligation to make sure our tuition money and our university’s finances do not end up funding human rights violations in our nation and abroad. We as students see that divestment is a means by which students can take power away from the UC Administrators who do not, and will not ever, represent our interests. We believe that students must have more effective control over determining the economic policies of our university, and that only by democratizing our university to make sure students, workers, and faculty are better represented that we can better prevent whether our money goes towards human rights violations.
For these reasons, UC students have a moral obligation not to fund companies that profit from apartheid, and endorse the Students for Justice in Palestine's Divestment Resolution.