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org April 21, 2014 To the Associated Students of the University of Washington: The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice respectfully urges the Associated Students of the University of Washington to support and adopt the divestment resolution proposed by students of conscience. The resolution calls upon the University of Washington to divest from companies that support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and that profit from violations of international law and human rights that the occupation engenders. We further urge you to support the resolution provision that calls, as a first measure, for divestment from Caterpillar Inc., and for cooperation with The Evergreen State College to honor a 2010 vote by the Evergreen student body to divest of Caterpillar Inc. investments held by the Evergreen State College Foundation and housed with the UW Consolidated Endowment Fund. The Rachel Corrie Foundation was founded by community and family members after Rachel was killed in Rafah, Gaza, in 2003. She had completed her studies at The Evergreen State College and traveled to Israel/Palestine in solidarity with Palestinians who were challenging the decades old Israeli occupation with nonviolent direct-action resistance – in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. A Caterpillar D9R militarized bulldozer operated by Israeli soldiers ran over Rachel as she stood between the bulldozer and the home of a Palestinian family threatened with demolition. Members of the family watched through a crack in their garden wall as the bulldozer approached, proceeded over Rachel, stopped, and then backing, went over her again. Rachel died shortly after. Human Rights Watch reported in Razing Rafah that from 2000-2004, the Israeli military destroyed the homes of 16,000 Palestinians in Rafah. The study indicated, “The pattern of destruction strongly suggests that Israeli forces demolished homes wholesale, regardless of whether they posed a specific threat, in violation of international law. In most of the cases, Human Rights Watch found the destruction was carried out in the absence of military necessity.” Caterpillar Inc. was on notice long before this that its machines were being used in the commission of human rights violations. Yet to this day, the corporation continues to sell and service equipment and parts through foreign military sales to the Israeli Government. In our work at the Rachel Corrie Foundation, we have witnessed the lack of intention or will on the part of the Israeli and U.S. Governments to ensure freedom, equality, self-determination, and security for all in Israel and Palestine. We are, therefore, all the more heartened by the resolution that has come before you, and by the prospect of the important conversation you will likely have around this issue. We urge the Associated Students of the University of Washington to honor the 2005 call from Palestinian civil society for BDS, and also that of students of conscience at the University of Washington – students who believe their university should not be invested in companies that help to sustain the Israeli occupation and its violations of Palestinian human rights. We strongly urge you to join other colleges and universities that have taken a stand for BDS and against injustice. Refusing to divest is not a neutral position. Profiting from the Israeli military occupation makes us complicit in its human rights abuses and violations of international law. Sincerely and with very best wishes, The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice