Wayne State University Student Council passes resolution-recommending Wayne State to divest from Israeli Apartheid on April 17, 2003. The vote was 9-7.
The group, Students’ Movement for Justice (www.smjwayne.org), an anti-war, anti-racist, and pro-Palestinian grassroots organization started the divestment campaign at Wayne State University in the Fall of 2002. Nationally, there are over 100 colleges and universities with a divestment from Israel campaign.
The Student Council, a reflection of the student voice, expressed their solidarity with the Palestinian people today and their disgust with the human rights violations occurring in the occupied territories. It is a crucial step for a free Palestine and a Middle East that is safe for all people.
Students’ Movement for Justice spokespersons:
Amria- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
cell phone: 313.727.7421
Margarett-email: email@example.com cell phone: 313.831.4695
cell phone: 313.492.4307
The Divestment Resolution:
”WHEREAS, the Student Council of Wayne State University has grave misgivings about financing violent ethnic cleansing, racially directed against millions of occupied Palestinian civilians, who are both innocent and helpless,
"WHEREAS, those millions of Palestinians suffer long-term malnutrition, are surrounded by Israeli army bulldozers, tanks, soldiers, and by jet bombers, all of which have killed thousands of occupied Palestinians,
"WHEREAS, on Sunday, March 16, 2003, an American college student, Rachel Corrie, was killed in plain sight, while dressed in bright orange, while waving, and while shouting at an Israeli Army bulldozer through a megaphone, by that same Israeli Army bulldozer, in the Occupied Gaza Strip,
"WHEREAS, that Israeli Army bulldozer ran her over twice,
"WHEREAS, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged us all to divest from Israel due to its violent and humiliating apartheid policies,
"WHEREAS, Israel was a long-time, close ally of White Apartheid South Africa,
"WHEREAS, the Wayne State University Board of Governors ("the Board") has knowledge of University investments, including what governments our University is paying taxes to by means of investment, and has the authority to seek such information from its fund managers,
"THEREFORE IT IS RESOLVED, that we ask the Board to immediately divest (dis-invest) our university from Israel,
"THEREFORE IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED, that we ask the Board for a report this semester, on its progress in divesting the University from its investments in Israel, including divestment from all companies doing business in Israel, and divestment from all stocks and pension funds which include those companies."
Wayne State University Student Council Votes to Divest from Israel 9 7
By Shemon Salam
Posted on the Independent Newswire on 19 April 2003.