The New York University (NYU) Student Government Assembly passed a divestment resolution inspired by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) last night, in what campaigners hailed as the first resolution of this nature ever to be presented at NYU.
According to a press release by NYU Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), the vote was carried by 35 votes in favor, and 14 against, with 14 abstentions, thus meeting the two-thirds threshold required.
The resolution, backed by 61 student groups and 34 faculty members, calls for divesting from corporations that violate Palestinian human rights and calls on NYU to adopt a socially responsible investment policy that upholds human rights for all.
Three corporations were specifically targeted for their involvement in the violation of Palestinian human rights: Caterpillar Inc., Lockheed Martin, and General Electric.
NYU SJP said that the resolution urges the university to divest from these companies as well as others complicit in human rights abuses of Palestinians and globally, and calls for a socially responsible investment model, which would put in a place a screen to ensure the university’s investments that uphold human rights for all.
The press release clarified that,
The NYU student newspaper reported that at least a hundred students attended the meeting, with another large crowd left waiting outside.
Those speaking in favor of the resolution included Political Action Chair for the Black Student Union Dylan Brown, who mentioned that the struggles of black people in the United States cannot be separated from those of the Palestinian people.
Source: Palestine Chronicle