April 24, 2014 To the Associated Students at the University of Washington: A diverse group of students have come together to call

upon the University of Washington to uphold its ethical standards and divest from companies complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. A global movement, started by Palestinian civil society, calls for a just peace in Israel and Palestine, through non-violent economic pressure on those who perpetrate the Israeli occupation. We are Jewish community leaders from across the country, and we applaud UW Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER), their divestment campaign and their call for targeted divestment from multinational corporations involved in the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the blockade of Gaza. Last week Jews commemorated the holiday of Pesach (Passover), a time when Jews celebrate their liberation from oppression. SUPER’s leadership, both Jews and non-Jews, are inspired by this tradition to push for the liberation of Palestinians living under military occupation and blockade. Caterpillar bulldozers continue to destroy homes and lives of those living under occupation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners remain in indefinite detention in Israeli prisons, monitored by G4S technology. Palestinians trying to get to work or visit family must pass through Israeli checkpoints, armed with biometric tracking systems and microchip identification cards produced by Hewlett-Packard. Now is the moment to stand for social justice and against these companies’ profiting off of restriction of movement, pollution of land, and destruction of families. Now is the time to divest. As rabbis, scholars, and members of the Jewish community, we ask the senators of the Associated Students to vote yes on divestment from Caterpillar Inc. as well as other companies complicit in the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. Sincerely, The Undersigned Members of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council Rabbi Rebecca Alpert Rabbi Joseph Berman, Boston, MA Cantor Michael Davis, Evanston, IL Rabbi Shai Gluskin, Philadelphia, PA Rabbi Borukh Goldberg Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Non-Violence Rabbi Margaret Holub, Co-Chair, Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council Rabbi David Mivasair Rabbi Brant Rosen, Co-Chair, Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council Shifrah Tobacman, Rabbinic Student, Aleph Ordination Program