From Henry Prine ’18:
Meet Palestinians from Susiya and Umm al-Khair, West Bank. Join Fatma,
Hamoudi, Aysar, Eid, Nima, and Sadin for a conversation about their
lives in Palestine. They are not academics. They are living in
undocumented villages in the South Hebron Hills. These villages are
located in Area C, the part of the West Bank under full Israeli
control since 1993.
Expelled from their original land, Susiya, in 1986, these Palestinians
have been under constant threat of demolition by the state of Israel.
People stay up every night in case Caterpillar bulldozers ride up
accompanied by soldiers. Come listen to their stories, and join the
conversation that even a US Senator has. They are excited to meet you.
There will be food served. Thai food. Facebook event:
Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 4:15-6:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 103
A few days ago, on Sunday, May 4, the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) passed Resolution 11.35: Wesleyan Divestment from Companies Profiting from or Contributing to Illegal Occupation of Palestine. This resolution has two operative clauses. The first calls upon Wesleyan University to divest from companies that a) provide weapons, security systems, prisons, or military support for the occupation of Palestinian land; b) build or maintain the wall between Israel and Palestine and the demolition of Palestinian homes; and c) help build, maintain, or develop Israeli settlements, outposts, roads, and transportation systems in occupied Palestinian territory (defined in the resolution as the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and East Jerusalem). The goal of the resolution is to remove the financial incentive to participate in the occupation of Palestinian land. The resolution’s second clause recognizes that the University will likely not divest from Israeli companies, and thus calls upon the WSA to divest its own endowment from the University’s endowment to avoid supporting the occupation by the transitive property.
Will our own WSA follow suit?
Last week, the student government of UC Irvine (the equivalent of Weslayan’s WSA) unanimously passed a resolution supporting divestment from all companies that support the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. The move came amidst the ongoing U.S.-backed bombardment of civilians in the Gaza Strip. According to news reports, the attacks have claimed the lives 95 Palestinians in the past week, including at least twelve children and a pregnant mother.
The UC Irvine resolution (which is fairly short; I encourage folks to read in full) is part of a growing international solidarity movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS for short) which seeks to withdraw support and legitimacy from the Israeli occupation, much like the divestment campaign that eventually led to the downfall of the apartheid government in South Africa in the 1990s, of which college campuses and the student movement were an integral part.
Similar resolutions have been passed or proposed on campuses across the U.S., and the campaign was even discussed at Wes during Thursday’s panel with leading independent Israeli journalists. Progressive blogger Noam Sheizaf threw in his support:
And like that, it was over. No, I’m not referring to the burgeoning poster child for popular disaffection that is “Occupy Wall Street”–that, my friends, is still very much alive and well. Instead, I refer to the occupation that recently resided at the top of Foss.
Not shown: blankets, cardboard
Though the physical occupants had abandoned the camp over a week ago–in light (presumably) of the worsening weather–a stack of blankets and cardboard signs had remained, through rain and shine, a reminder of the impending fall of the capitalist-industrialist-militarist-etc. system/complex/what-have-you. While this blogger appreciates the aims of the protesters and sympathizes with their cause immensely, the site had, admittedly, become an unwelcome bit of blight.
Notwithstanding the general disrepute of a pile of mildewing blankets, the clump had additionally been mistaken for a collapsed man/woman, according to various eyewitness accounts (albeit from nighttime revelers).