Regarding: A Resolution to Divest from Companies Profiting from Violations of International Law and Human Rights, ASUW 2014

Date: April 14, 2014

To whom it may concern; This is a letter of support for the Associated Students of the University of Washington resolution to divest from companies that are profiting from violations of international law and human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. As part of the international boycott, divestment, and sanction call, we recognize the responsibility of universities to invest in a socially conscious manner in keeping with the principles of the university and we support efforts to apply economic pressure to end the Israeli occupation and the egregious treatment of Palestinians in the territories. As a health and human rights delegation, we have visited Israel and the West Bank annually for the past ten years and understand the on-the-ground realities of the occupation, the high cost to the Palestinian population, and the unwillingness of the Israeli government to engage in meaningful political change. We understand that our support of global corporations that are the instruments of occupation and suppression of the Palestinian population make us all culpable and that is the responsibility of institutions concerned with justice to support the nonviolent resistance movements that are working to end these injustices. For these reasons, we applaud the courage of the University of Washington students and hope that the university will act positively on their resolution.

Alice Rothchild, MD Co-organizer, American Jews for a Just Peace, Health and Human Rights Project!