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Campus Divestment vs. Israeli Apartheid

Can movements like The Swarthmore Campaign end the apartheid in Israel?

The massacre in Gaza has prompted many people to actively boycott Israeli products. The effects of the consumer boycott are already being felt by Israeli farmers who are now complaining that their produce is rotting in warehouses because of canceled orders. And in London, The Swarthmore Campaign, the first divestment campaign to be formed after the invasion of Gaza. Within three days we have already gathered over 60 signatures with more coming in every hour. The positive response demonstrates that the moment is ripe for divestment campaigns to sweep universities across the world. As we saw with the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, divestment is an effective tool to bringing about peace.

Two aspects make The Swarthmore Campaign different from previous divestment campaigns. First, we are an alumni organization which makes our structure durable and less susceptible to pressure from the school's administration. And second, signatories to The Swarthmore Campaign open letter are not just asking our alma mater to divest -- we are threatening to withhold donations until divestment occurs. For in the midst of an economic collapse, most educational institutions are in desperate need of donations from their alumni, which provides activists with a bargaining tool for peace.

Organizers of The Swarthmore Campaign hope that divestment campaigns will spread to campuses across the world bringing an end to the Israeli apartheid.

Does your campus have a Divestment campaign? Is divestment a more effective strategy than boycotting?

 

Update on January 21: This blog post was edited to more clearly state that my wife and I aided in the foundation of The Swarthmore Campaign and continue to publicly support its efforts.

Micah M. White is a Contributing Editor at Adbusters Magazine and an independent activist. Micah is currently writing a book of philosophical meanderings into the future of activism. He lives in Binghamton, NY with his wife and two cats. www.micahmwhite.com

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Anonymous

Yup. They have won. All you need to do is hold on to win when you are the rebel group fighting the evil empire. Israel is finished most well versed experts agree. Done. Painted into a corner. Will be outnumbered in ten years WITH-IN Israel. No choice but submission to the will of the worlds people who have seen through the greatest snow-job in modern history: the creation of the fraud that is "Israel" in 1948 and perpetuated for some 60 years. Oh they'll try to kill more Palestinians to be sure. They are killing them even today in their prisons. But the world has seen. Gaza is our Guernica. It's only a matter of time til "Israel" is finally put down. More genocide will only cause greater ruin to the already sullied name of Judaism and bring down, at last, the wretched colonialist theocracy that has plagued our planet for too long now. Keep your eyes on the prize. Hold on. Hold on. "Never again" they say.. ..to which we hold a mirror before their face.

Anonymous

Yup. They have won. All you need to do is hold on to win when you are the rebel group fighting the evil empire. Israel is finished most well versed experts agree. Done. Painted into a corner. Will be outnumbered in ten years WITH-IN Israel. No choice but submission to the will of the worlds people who have seen through the greatest snow-job in modern history: the creation of the fraud that is "Israel" in 1948 and perpetuated for some 60 years. Oh they'll try to kill more Palestinians to be sure. They are killing them even today in their prisons. But the world has seen. Gaza is our Guernica. It's only a matter of time til "Israel" is finally put down. More genocide will only cause greater ruin to the already sullied name of Judaism and bring down, at last, the wretched colonialist theocracy that has plagued our planet for too long now. Keep your eyes on the prize. Hold on. Hold on. "Never again" they say.. ..to which we hold a mirror before their face.

Anonymous

I would love to know where you're getting your information from. it seems as if you got it from Al Qaeda magazine or something. can you back it up? can you tell me who those "experts" are? can you show me the "statistics"? oh, please show me the articles where Israel kills people in their prisons! please! oh, you don't have it? yeah... didn't think so. can we please try and clean our own hands before we attack other countries? can we end the Iraq war already?! can we close down Guantánamo and stop the tortures?! keep your eyes on the prize! US first. then the world.

Anonymous

I would love to know where you're getting your information from. it seems as if you got it from Al Qaeda magazine or something. can you back it up? can you tell me who those "experts" are? can you show me the "statistics"? oh, please show me the articles where Israel kills people in their prisons! please! oh, you don't have it? yeah... didn't think so. can we please try and clean our own hands before we attack other countries? can we end the Iraq war already?! can we close down Guantánamo and stop the tortures?! keep your eyes on the prize! US first. then the world.

Anonymous

In the interest of full disclosure, everyone who reads this should know that the author of this article is intimately involved with the people who are running this campaign; more specifically, his wife is an active participant. Personally, I believe that this creates a clear bias and lack of objectivity in this article.

Anonymous

In the interest of full disclosure, everyone who reads this should know that the author of this article is intimately involved with the people who are running this campaign; more specifically, his wife is an active participant. Personally, I believe that this creates a clear bias and lack of objectivity in this article.

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