Department of English 1202 HMNSS -040 College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Riverside, CA 92521 April 14, 2014 To whom

it may concern: We, the undersigned faculty from universities around the country, salute and commend the efforts of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights at the University of Washington, Seattle, to get the UW Student Senate to pass a measured and thoughtful motion to divest from corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. We agree with the motion in its recognition that the Israeli occupation is both illegal under international law and involves extensive and ongoing violations of human rights and international law that are systemic in nature and thoroughly documented by a range of internationally respected organizations. Corporations that collaborate with and profit from the occupation are themselves therefore complicit in the perpetration of human rights violations. Furthermore, we endorse the statement that a decision to divest from corporations that profit from these fundamental violations is and should be in keeping with the commitment to respect for human rights, non-discrimination and ethical values that is a cornerstone of any university’s moral and intellectual mission. It is clearly in keeping with the University of Washington’s own stated commitment to “the active pursuit of global engagement and connectedness” and to fostering “engaged and responsible citizenship”. We therefore urge the Student Senate at the University of Washington, Seattle, to live up to these ethical principles and to pass the divestment resolution. Sincerely, Joel Beinin, Stanford University Eduardo Cadava, Princeton University Mary Yu Danico, California State University, Pomona Colin Dayan, Vanderbilt University Erica Edwards, University of California Riverside Alessandro Fornazzari, University of California, Riverside Cynthia Franklin, University of Hawai’i Jess Ghannam, University of California, San Francisco Terri Ginsberg, International Council for Middle East Studies Macarena Gomez-Barrís, University of Southern California Barbara Harlow, University of Texas, Austin Linda Hess, Stanford University

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Department of English 1202 HMNSS -040 College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Riverside, CA 92521 Cheryl Higashida , University of Colorado, Boulder Nasser Hussain, Amherst College Robin D. Kelley, University of California Los Angeles J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University Jodi Kim, University of California Riverside David Klein, California State University, Northridge Dennis Kortheuer, California State University, Long Beach Mariam Lam, University of California Riverside David Lloyd, University of California Riverside Alex Lubin, University of New Mexico Sunanina Maira, University of California, Davis Frederick C. Moten, University of California, Riverside Bill Mullen, Purdue University Nadine Suleiman Naber, University of Illinois, Chicago David Palumbo-Liu, Stanford University Laura Pulido, University of Southern California Dylan Rodriguez, University of California Riverside Jeff Sacks, University of California Riverside Steven Salaita, Virginia Tech Sarita See, University of California Riverside Freya Schiwy, University of California, Riverside Malini Johar Schueller, University of Florida, Gainesville Snehal Shingavi, University of Texas, Austin Rajini Srikanth, University of Massachusetts Boston Neferti Tadiar, Barnard College

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