Pitzer College Student Senate Approves Budgetary Boycott Amendment
On Sunday April 16, in an important victory at Pitzer College, the Student Senate voted (22 aye, 0 nay, 4 abstentions) to adopt an amendment to the Budget By-Laws which reads in part, “Student Activities Funds shall not be used to make a payment on goods or services from any corporation or organization associated with the unethical occupation of Palestinian territories.”
This is an important step in our fight to build the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement in support of the basic rights and dignity of the Palestinian people. The BDS movement was started in 2005 from a call by a range of over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations in order to increase pressure on the state of Israel until it:
Ends its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantles the Wall; recognizes the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and respects, protects and promotes the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
Although we live in a country that now gives 3.8 billion dollars in military aid a year to Israel, adopting this amendment is an important first step in reducing our complicity with a country that maintains an illegal military occupation and regularly commits war crimes against an indigenous population.
Claremont Students for Justice in Palestine is committed to standing up against our colleges complicity in supporting companies and organizations that serve to benefit from continued violence on behalf of the state of Israel. We will continue working to build a movement in solidarity with the liberation of Palestinians and all oppressed people in the US and around the world. The final copy of the newly adopted Pitzer College Student Senate Budget Bylaws can be viewed here: http://pitweb.pitzer.edu/…/Pitzer-College-Student-Senate-Bu…
Claremont Students for Justice in Palestine