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Cornell University President Martha Pollock rejected the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) demands of an anti-Israel coalition led by the Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) in a letter that also rebuked the group’s overall purpose.
Her response was prompted by a list of demands delivered by letter to Pollock in late February.
Demands - Israel - Cornell - Role - Colonialism
The demands demonized Israel, Cornell’s “active role” in perpetuating colonialism and continued work “with companies and institutions that facilitate the dispossession of the Palestinian people.”
The group demanded Cornell “divest its endowment pool from companies complicit in the morally reprehensible human rights violations in Palestine.”
Pollock - Thursday - Perspective - Opposition - Group
Pollock countered Thursday by sharing her “broader perspective,” detailing her strong opposition the group’s principles, in her written response rejecting the group’s request.
“Moreover, it places all of the responsibility for an extraordinarily complex geopolitical situation on just one country and frequently conflates the policies of the Israeli government with the very right of Israel to exist as a nation, which I find particularly troublesome.”
SJP - Response - William - Jacobson - Cornell
SJP hasn’t published an official response, but William Jacobson, a Cornell Law School professor who has closely followed the group’s developments...
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