Students Demand Divestment From ‘Problematic Companies’ That Trade With Israel


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A student group at George Washington University (GW) submitted a resolution to its student government that tells the school’s Board of Trustees to divest from corporations that trade with Israel.

The group, Divest This Time at GW, wants the university to divest from companies like Boeing, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, and Lockheed Martin, according to the resolution obtained by Campus Reform and reported Wednesday.

The resolution alleges that Boeing built the attack helicopter Israeli Defense Forces operate in Gaza. It also accuses Caterpillar of providing the Israeli government with bulldozers they later used to destroy Palestinian homes.

“Palestinians suffer mistreatment from these companies,” said resolution co-sponsor Jack Jomarron to Campus Reform. “We have Palestinian students at our university and our endowment should not be investing in the mistreatment of our peers and, in general, we shouldn’t engage in investments that profit off of human suffering.”

Jomarron argued for transparency in universities investments.

“Socially conscious investing is something I feel passionate about as a student leader and student advocate. I would support other measures that divest from problematic companies,” explained the student. “This was something that was brought to me. If other measures/legislation/movements to divest from problematic situations were brought to me, I would support them as I did this.”

Pro-Israel groups at GW, including GW for Israel and Chabad Colonials, are coordinating to oppose the resolution.

Maralee Csellar, the Director of Media Relations at George Washington University, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that it was “too soon to comment on a student proposal that has not been finalized or voted upon.”

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