FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Campus Watch has issued the following statement regarding Anti-Israel Divestment Movements and Counter-Movements
Several campus campaigns have recently emerged intending to pressure university administrations to divest from Israeli companies or companies that do business with Israel. A counter-movement of anti-divestment activism has followed suit.
Those in favor of divestment argue that the political situation in the State of Israel is equitable to South Africa's historical Apartheid, which provoked a partially successful divestment movement among universities during the late 1970's and early 1980's.
"Apartheid consists of a set of state policies that meet the following criteria: (a) "Denial to a member or members of a racial group or groups the right to liberty of person." (b) "Deliberate imposition on a racial group or groups of living conditions calculated to cause its or their physical destruction in whole or part." (c) "Any legislative measures and other measures calculated to prevent a racial group or groups from participation in the political, social, economic and cultural life of the country -- in particular denying of members of a racial group basic human rights and freedoms." (d) "Any measures -- designed to divide the population along racial lines by the creation of separate reserves and ghettos -- [including] the expropriation of landed property belonging to a racial group."
Says Campus Watch managing editor, Jonathan Calt Harris, "It is clear that Israel, which offers its Arab citizens participation in the government, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and other rights only afforded by democracy, cannot be placed under this rubric."
Though we see the importance of dealing with the divestment movement, as its mission statement explains, Campus Watch focuses on Middle East studies. Accordingly, Campus Watch will monitor and engage Middle East specialists who join in this brand of activism. However, direct involvement in divestment campaigns and other Israel-related campus activism fall outside of our scope.