Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Thu, 04/14/2011 - 8:36am
The SJP divestment campaign has received an overwhelmingly positive
response. In last week’s two afternoons of tabling, SJP collected over
two hundred signatures for a general public petition. Before the
campaign even went public over seventy faculty members had signed an
open letter to TIAA-CREF CEO and President Roger W. Ferguson, arguably
among the most political acts by NYU faculty in recent years.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Thu, 04/14/2011 - 8:20am
For some younger Jews coming of age with an Israel whose image and actions provoke concerns their parents never had, this environment, where fundamental questions previously considered beyond the pale are raised, offers a crucial space found nowhere else in the community.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 10:23pm
Mira Dabit and Hanna Qassis, spoke to SPU students about their
experiences as college students in Palestine. As alumni of Palestinian
universities, Dabit and Qassis said they have made it their goal to
spread awareness about the experience of being a student in a
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 10:37am
People do not seem to understand that there is no part of our lives that is not affected by the occupation. The majority of Palestinians do not know what it means to be free. There are restrictions on our movement, our education, our speech, and our even our access to food, water, and shelter. As a way to counter all this repression, we turn to education as a tool to express ourselves.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 3:59pm
In 2008, Jewish Voice for Peace promoted putting an olive on the seder
plate as part of its Trees of Reconciliation project, which sought to
donate 3,000 olive saplings to Palestinian farmers to replant trees torn
down to make room for Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Fri, 04/08/2011 - 6:48am
Last Thursday in Pearlman Hall, the Jewish Voice for Peace hosted
Palestinian speakers Amer Shurrab and Mira Dabit as part of the We
Divest! tour which promotes the boycott and divestment of as well as
sanctions against the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College
Retirement Equities Fund-a financial service that includes a retirement
According to the tour's website, the purpose of the movement is to
stop TIAA-CREF from investing in large companies that profit from the
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Thu, 04/07/2011 - 6:35pm
A coalition of progressive Jewish organizations on both coasts yesterday
slammed the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s honoring of the civil rights-era
Freedom Riders while “engaging in anti-Muslim bigotry that is no less
destructive than that against which the Freedom Riders protested,” as
Alan Levine, a New York activist and civil rights lawyer who worked in
Mississippi in 1964 and 1965, put it in a press statement.