Sign our petition and demand divestment from companies that profit from the occupation!
Since 2009, BSJP has been calling on Brown University to divest from companies that:
- Provide products or services that contribute to the maintenance of the Israeli military occupation of Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem.
- Provide products or services that contribute to the maintenance and expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories
- Establish facilities or operations in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories
- Provide products or services that contribute to the maintenance and construction of the separation wall
- Provide products or services that contribute to violent acts against Palestinian and Israeli civilians.
For the full list of companies that we have recommended for divestment, click here.
This November, Brown’s Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Policies (ACCRIP) asked the Brown Corporation to consider divestment from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. On Monday, ACCRIP sent a letter to Brown University President Christina Paxson. The letter stated that:
“For the past two years we have had an ongoing dialogue with Brown Students for Justice in Palestine (BSJP). The group raises serious allegations that major US corporations in which Brown may be an investor, such as Caterpillar, Boeing, and others, are ‘profiting from the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories.’ The
BSJP calls for Brown to divest from companies that are involved in maintaining
said abuse. The documented abuses of Palestinian citizens by the Israeli Defense Force in the Occupied Territories are deeply troubling. Israel is indisputably engaged in ongoing systemic abuses of human rights and violations of international law, as documented by the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Court of Justice.
This has led to ongoing discussions within our committee about the best way forward. We recognize that the conflict between Palestine and Israel is many faceted and deeply divisive from both personal and institutional perspectives, but the relevant evidence suggests that Brown may be invested in firms whose products and services are being used to commit human rights violations in Palestine.”