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Letter of Support for #UMDivest from members of the Jewish community at the University of Michigan

Letter of Support for #UMDivest from members of the Jewish community at the University of Michigan

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Letter of Support for #UMDivest from members of the Jewish community at the University of Michigan
Letter of Support for #UMDivest from members of the Jewish community at the University of Michigan

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To Whom It May Concern: We are writing in support of the undergraduate students currently running the #umdivestsitin and #umdivest campaigns. We believe the Central Student Government (CSG) has an obligation to respond to the divestment review resolution put forward by SAFE in the same manner they respond to all other resolutions put forward. We believe that by postponing a vote indefinitely, CSG silenced the voices of Palestinians on this campus. We support their recent decision to bring this to a vote and appreciate their recognition of the break down of democracy that occurred last Tuesday night. As Jewish faculty, staff, alumni and undergraduate and graduate students, we stand in solidarity with Palestinian students as they ask for recognition of their voices. We believe the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement will help further the achievement of the Palestinian people's right to self-determination. We believe that BDS is a nonviolent movement that does not threaten the rights or security of Israel's Jewish citizens, but challenges the unjust policies of the Israeli government. When the resolution comes to a vote, we believe the Central Student Government should vote in favor, passing a motion requesting that the University of Michigan review and consider divestment from companies involved in the Israeli Occupation. Signed by: Sarah Blume,
Undergraduate Student, International Studies
 
Howard Brick,
Professor, History
Robbie Dembo,
 Alum, former vice chair of the American Movement for Israel, chair of the Hamagshimim Israel Advocacy Fellowship, Judaic Studies minor 
 
Shanda Eisel,
Undergraduate Student, Arab, American, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies
Sara Feldman,
Graduate Student, Near Eastern Studies
Sarah Frank,
 Undergraduate Student, Design & Production, School of Music, Theater and Dance
Alix Gould-Werth,
Graduate Student, Social Work and Sociology 
 
Alan Haber,
 Alum, Former Student Government member
Daniel Hirschman,
Graduate Student, Sociology
Mikel Hyman,
Graduate Student, Sociology
Yanay Israeli,
Graduate Student, History 
 
Deborah Jones,
Graduate Student, Anthropology
Matan Kaminer,
Graduate Student, Anthropology 
 
Harry Kashdan,
Graduate Student, Comparative Literature, Judaic Studies certificate, Gitelman Fellow 
 
Claire Jaffe,
Undergraduate Student, Program in the Environment
Ariel Kaplowitz,
Undergraduate Student, American Culture, Creative Writing and Literature
Alice Mishkin,
 Alum, Jewish Communal Leadership Program, Staff

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