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OSU Divest

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CONTENTS Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Stories Part 3 Quotes

OSU Divest was founded in January 2015 by a group of Ohio State students, faculty, staff and community members concerned about the everworsening human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We call on the Ohio State University to uphold its values of integrity and accountability by divesting from companies complicit in human rights violations and the occupation of the Palestinian Territories, as well as investing University funds in an ethical and responsible manner.

Humans of OSU Divest "I've had a fair share of identity crises in my 21 years of life which have consisted of re-ordering the different aspects of my identity but a few things have stayed pretty constant. I classify myself, first and foremost, as a Muslim woman and after that as something between a first & second generation Arab-American. My father was born in Yemen, grew up in Saudi Arabia and came to the states for college where he met my mother, who like me and all my siblings, was born in the US to Yemeni parents. I was basically glued to my dad as a kid and would go everywhere with him. From a very young age, he would talk to me about the world and emphasize the importance of standing up for what's right. By watching my parents, I learned the importance of staying humble. I learned to fear only God and to never let fear of anything else guide my actions. I learned the importance of sisterhood, brotherhood, compassion and looking out for others. I learned that the blessing of a relatively easy life comes with an immense responsibility to help the less fortunate and answer the calls for justice from those struggling to live dignified lives. I'm grateful to have been working with the phenomenal individuals behind #OSUDivest. It took blood, sweat, a thug tear here and there, and some serious commitment to jump through all the hoops we were presented with in order to make this campaign a reality. Politics is debatable but doing what's right is not.. at least that's the way I see it. #OSUDivest calls for our university to cut financial ties to companies that facilitate and profit from the violation of human rights-with a focus on American corporations involved in the illegal Israeli occupation. Standing between corporations and their money is bound to result in some backlash but it's nothing we can't handle together. I have and will always support the right of the Palestinian people to self determination but my support for #OSUDivest is not politically motivated. I support #OSUDivest because, as a human being, I believe that turning a blind eye to unethical business practices that oppress and humiliate other human beings would be a grave mistake. The demands of #OSUDivest are simple. We value human life and as tuition paying students, we should have a say as to how our money is used. I will leave you with a quote that has helped me withstand the frustration of baseless criticism and intimidation attempts that surround a lot of the movements I've been involved in: "when the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser" ~Socrates. So be wary of what you hear and never let flawed mainstream thought hijack your mind." #HumansofOSUDivest

Humans of OSU Divest "As a second generation Palestinian American who has never been to Palestine it's hard for me to articulate my thoughts when my people back home are dying to breathe, dying for the world to hear their cries. All I have of my homeland are stories from my grandparents, my dad who was just a baby, and his family at the time of the 1948 Nakba (Catastrophe) had only the clothes on their backs while they were fleeing their home as his village of Anaba was laid to the ground. However, for me it is not about having Palestinian roots. I have no family left in Palestine; I do not have any connections other than the history of my grandparents and what they have told me of my homeland. It is about humanity. I long to visit my homeland to live my parents stories of the groves of olive trees, the sweetness of Jaffa oranges, the beauty of the Old City of Jerusalem, and the ability to pray in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest Islamic site, that has been deemed untouchable by its occupiers. As long as the world stays quiet to the atrocities and human rights violations that are being committed against Palestinians. #OSUDivest, and other divestment campaigns across America remind me of the humanitarian activists that did the exact same thing, in order to divest from the South African system of Apartheid. Buckeyes, lets show the world that we are not only the Undisputed National Champions of football, but also on the forefront of social equality and justice. Let’s show the world that we as a student body believe in the equality for all, and we will not stop until all humans of all backgrounds are given their undeniable rights back. Divestment, just like it was a critical component to the end of South African apartheid, will be the start to bringing the long-sought justice to the plight of Palestinians. But, until then, I have no home to return to in my beloved homeland. As my inspiration and hero said, “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians�- Nelson Mandela.

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"I have been attending demonstrations calling for justice in Palestine since I was a child. My mother used to be a relatively well-known singer who sang about the Palestinian struggle in Arabic and English. She would attend fundraisers and rallies all over the world to advocate for the Palestinian people through her songs. She passed that spirit of activism on to me. It wasn't until I went to college, though, that I really began to understand the ongoing humanitarian crisis and rampant injustice in Palestine. I wanted to do more than just attend demonstrations. So, I began to get involved in organizing for justice in Palestine, raising awareness, and learning more about divestment. The more I've learned, the more it’s become clear to me that advocating for divestment has the potential to make a change. I had the pleasure of traveling to Palestine a few years ago. The people I met were remarkably humble. I was surrounded by some of the most welcoming and generous people in the world. The people there taught me about resilience and how to appreciate life no matter what the circumstances. The Palestinian people deserve the same human rights that all humans deserve. They deserve justice. The current oppressive and unjust policies are depriving the Palestinian people of their basic human rights and I refuse to watch and do nothing. I choose to be a part of OSU Divest because I am a human being who will demand justice where there is none. I hope more people see the humanity of the Palestinian people and stand up for what is right. Free Palestine!" #HumansofOSUDivest

Humans of OSU Divest "When I first started school, I barely spoke English. I always felt different. In fact, I knew I was. I was that weird kid that brought grape leaves and spinach pies for lunch. I didn’t really have much friends and I for sure did not know how to make any. And then I got older, and people would ask me where I'm from. I would tell them I’m half Syrian – half Palestinian. I would get responses like "Isn't that where those terrorists were from?" or “Oh, you mean Pakistan?” Another common question was “Where is your headscarf?” Little do many people know that Christian Palestinians and Syrians exist and that the Middle East is actually much more diverse than the news portrays. I loved being the outlier, and I started to love being different. I would tell them my people's history, our struggles. But unfortunately, many did not believe me. At times, I was labeled a liar and told that Palestinians don’t exist and we truly are not a people. "When I came to Ohio State, I joined Committee for Justice in Palestine (CJP) because I found a space where I can be who I am. I am a person, and I do exist. And I am NOT a terrorist. In fact, my very existence is resistance. I would not dare allow my history or my family’s history to be erased. It must be remembered, learned from, and taught. I believe in basic human rights and when I see social problems going on in many places around the world, I have the urge to speak up. It is important to open up our inherent stereotypical myopic views and look at the bigger picture: we are all human. For me, divestment is not just about Palestine or Palestinians. For me, it’s fighting for a much bigger purpose: justice and equality for all." #HumansofOSUDivest

Humans of OSU Divest "If there's any fate you can't return from, it is that of being a refugee. Once you've been forced from your home you are hard-pressed into unfathomable circumstances. Your home, job, social support, and security are gone. Now you have to work on attaining it again, but in a place where the language, legal system, and customs are unfamiliar to you. You are utterly lost, and so is the life you've secured through work or education. That's not even the worst part. You lose your family, your community. The receptacle of your memories. Your grandma's floral vases, your dad's dukan, the school on the corner that you dreaded going to but secretly enjoyed. Those nights with your cousins in the yard, filled with laughter, the call to prayer waking you from your dreams, walking everywhere and nowhere. You lost it yourself, and you lose it for your children who are too young to know they just experienced an event that will define them for the rest of their lives. Being from a family of refugees myself, I know that no words can do the severity of the situation justice. After having everything taken from you, the hollowness is filled with trauma, PTSD, depression, and a whole host of conditions and negative repercussions on an individual’s mental and physical well-being. This summer, my siblings and I volunteered at Syrian and Iraqi refugee camps in Kurdistan. The Iraqi's that had just fled from ISIS only had the clothes on their backs. Supplies were short, there was nothing to sleep on, and they were completely impaired and grieving for the loss of their homes and loved ones. They couldn't work, they didn't speak Kurdish, they didn't have anything to start with; they were staying in classrooms of schools that were emptied out to hold them. Kids were running around confused, missing. This is an echo of what Palestinians have been going through for decades. Through investing in companies that are violating international law and abusing human rights by occupying and literally plowing over homes in Palestine (i.e. caterpillar bulldozers), The Ohio State University has a hand, albeit indirectly, in damaging thousands of lives. I know my buckeyes, and I know that this is not where we want our money going. It’s time to reclaim our choices, and make sure that OSU DIVESTS!"

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"As a kid growing up in a fundamentalist Christian home school program, I never had any exposure to the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom and justice. Reflecting the growth in rampant Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism that followed the attacks on September 11, 2001, the only depiction of Palestinians that I encountered portrayed them as a 'savage,' 'irrational,' and inevitably 'violent' people. It was not until 2006, when Israel launched its deadly assault on Lebanon and the international movement against the war in Iraq grew substantially, that I began to realize how wrong the image presented to me had been. Later, when I started college shortly after the horrific 2008 assault on Gaza, I took a course on Middle Eastern Studies that featured a unit on the history of Palestine and the movement for Palestinian freedom. These experiences made it clear to me that the Palestinians were an oppressed and marginalized people and that they deserved justice. As an alumnus of the Ohio State University, I have joined the #OSUDivest campaign because I believe it is crucial that students and working people internationally organize together to overturn injustice and win economic and social justice for all people. Although I have never visited the Middle East, and I know only a few words in Arabic, I believe that my future is tied to the future of the Palestinians and all other oppressed peoples across borders and cultures. When Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke against the war in Vietnam, he said that the "bombs in Vietnam explode at home." In the same way, we cannot be truly free today unless we stand with Palestinians against the systemic violence directed against them."

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"When people see me at a rally for Palestine, they assume I'm maybe Arab, but definitely Muslim. They're often shocked when they learn I'm Indian, and raised Hindu. Heck, I bet they even are more used to seeing white activists around the issue of Palestine than me. So why is it that I'm so involved in the struggle for Palestinian rights? Fact is, I'm a socialist. For me, every injustice is something I need to stand against -- whether or not I'm part of the community that directly experiences the injustice. For me, MLK's famous sentence -- 'injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere' -- is not just a slogan but a reality. Because unless we take a stand against discrimination, racism, and occupation -- which is what Palestinians face daily -- how can we say we are for democracy? Just like every single one of us must make sure the holocaust that Jews faced must never happen again, so we must make sure we refuse the logic of Israeli occupation and apartheid. When I became an activist and organizer 20 years ago, my world opened up and I began to see others' struggle as my own. But the roots of this solidarity lie deeper: seeing my parents take on racism and bigotry as immigrants to the US, learning about the Indian anti-colonial struggle, and being taught, from early on, that we cannot allow narrow ideas about religion and language and nation to divide humanity. Colonial occupation is opposed to such principles. I support divestment because I'm a human who believes that we need to take all economic support away from governments that control people by building walls, controlling water and jobs, jailing with impunity, bulldozing homes, and bombing and destroying villages. We cannot sit silently anymore."

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"Growing up in the 90s, I experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of South African apartheid as moments of hope and progress. I recall the image of Rabin and Arafat shaking hands in front of the White House, believing that such progress would soon take place in Palestine. That did not happen. The building of settlements never ceased nor even slowed down. In 2000, the Second Intifada broke out. I got involved in Palestinian solidarity activism in Iceland, and got the chance to visit the West Bank in 2002, in 2003 and again in 2008. On these occasions I witnessed first hand the impact of the occupation. I saw the apartheid wall with my own eyes. I witnessed the violence and harassment suffered by students, peasants and workers at the hands of soldiers and armed settlers. I saw the theft of land and resources, and I toured the entire system of racial exclusion, the checkpoints, the settlements, the wall, the interrogations. I met with people wounded and maimed from teargas, bullets, and constant oppression. But I also witnessed the dignity of struggle, and the strength of solidarity. Grassroots-organized marches against the Wall in a peasant village, silent protests by Women in Black at a traffic circle in West Jerusalem, free medical clinics in the West Bank run by Israeli doctors, public lectures by activists in universities in the USA and the UK organized against a hostile atmosphere of silencing – at every step of the way, for the last 15 years, I’ve been amazed by the constantly growing strength of this movement, which is coming closer to victory every day. It won’t stop until there is freedom in Palestine. I’m proud to be part of this movement, and I’m proud to support OSU Divest!"

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"I am a Somali Muslim American woman. I have got so many different identities that make up the essence of who I am, but these are the ostensible ones. As a Somali, I relate with the Palestinian struggle of displacement. As a Muslim, I pray for the lives of individuals that face injustices and oppression in every country on the planet. As a woman, I fight for the voices of those that are unheard and try to be-at the very least-a voice of awareness to those who are unaware. OSU Divest resonates with me, because it is so fundamentally American. It’s our ability as a student body to speak out and be heard. And by divesting from companies that enable and profit from violations of human rights, we will be doing that. Do you remember how disgusted you were when you learned that individuals stole other human beings, enslaved them and treated them like cattle for generations. Recall how disturbed you were when you learned that an entire society ignored the cries of the Jews and others during the Holocaust. Recollect this history of ours, and tell me you're going to continue to remain silent today. Right now, when injustices and corruption are continuously occurring in our own government, our own time and our own backyard. How would your younger self view your moral indiscretion? Do you see the parallels between you and those you were so disappointed in not too long ago? How can you live with your silence? Because I can't breathe."

Humans of OSU Divest "We didn't cross the border, the border crossed us. At the end of the US-Mexican war in 1848, Mexico lost nearly half of its territory to the US in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo 1848, which annexed the present-day states of California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, most of Arizona and Colorado, and parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming. The US-Mexico border originated from this treaty, which designated the middle of the Rio Grade as the boundary between U.S. and Mexico. As a result, Mexicans and Indigenous populations were displaced. My maternal ancestors lived in present day Texas. . My life as a Mexican-American is directly impacted by the US-Mexico border. Like many Mexican and Palestinian families, I grew up in a mixed immigration status family. As the first child born on American soil, I became aware of my birth right citizenship privileges. I quickly learned that having "papers" meant safety and access to resources and no "papers" was associated with fear of deportation. Several of my family members and friends have been deported. My aunt and uncle haven't seen their children in 20 years due to immigration laws. As a Ph.D. candidate in environmental sociology, I study redevelopment and gentrification/displacement of Latino communities in Chicago and New York. Through my experiences as an environmental activist, I became aware of the parallels between US.-Mexico and Israel-Palestine: borders, check points, racism, segregation, accumulation of land and natural resources by dispossession and displacement of Mexicans and Palestinians. Furthermore, the U.S. contracts border surveillance technology from the same companies involved in the border surveillance of Israel-Palestine. This is why i support a free Palestine. This is why I support #OSUDivest. Two borders, one common struggle.

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"Anytime I had the opportunity to discuss important current issues or topics in middle school or high school, I always chose to speak on Palestine. I felt as though history classes tried to fly by the issue without delving into it. It has always befuddled me how little attention the issue received. I felt as though the Palestinian prospective was never given any thought when the Middle East conflict was discussed. How could such injustice be done to a people without any recognition? I gained a passion for speaking out against the Israeli occupation at any chance I saw. Thus, when I came to Ohio State as a freshman wanting to get involved on campus, I joined CJP (Committee for Justice in Palestine). This is my 3rd year involved in such a great organization, which I’m currently President of. We had tremendous success garnering support for our cause on campus my first two years and I wanted that success to continue. I understand the difficulties that come with campaigning for OSU Divest; however I believe we can accomplish great things with everybody on the same page. Our university should not support companies that profit and benefit off of an occupation that has destroyed hundreds of lives directly and indirectly. As a student body, it is our responsibility to be cognizant of how our tuition dollars are being spent, especially if we care about the integrity of the university we attend."

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"It wasn't until I came to Ohio State that I recognized the immense diversity that exists around me, and subsequently, all the inequality. As a Pakistani-American, I was always familiar with the oppression that exists abroad, but I never realized its troubling ties to the soil beneath my feet. As I befriended more and more people within the Columbus community, I inadvertently diversified and broadened my perspective on what the human experience entails for subjugated groups and identities, and this strengthened my resolve to be an advocate for the marginalized. Oftentimes when I return home, I’m confronted and told that I've become too much of an activist, that vocalizing my outspoken, unpopular opinions on all the injustices happening in the world around me is going to prevent me from getting into professional school and obtaining a job. However, I believe that remaining silent about the cruel reality of the injustices faced by so many individuals is complacency. No matter the people, no matter the place, I will always stand opposed to the oppression and senseless violence against human beings. I stand in solidarity with the resilient Palestinian people, so that one day the relentless suffering and lost livelihood will be replaced with relentless peace and everlasting liberation. That is why I support OSU Divest."

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"I believe in divestment because I am a human before anything else. It is difficult sometimes to imagine and relate to what people under occupation across the world endure on a daily basis under oppression. I spent my childhood in Lebanon, during which the fear of war and occupation haunted every minute of my life, even into my nightmares, as it spread through southern Lebanon and into Palestine. Despite the traumatic experience, I still find it unfathomable how a couple of friends and I were surrounded at gunpoint by a dozen IDF soldiers during a recent tour of Palestine for no clear explanation. We also endured countless security checkpoints as a routine and witnessed a number of children being denied access to their homes and their family shops. Moreover, we were detained by armed Israeli soldiers near an illegal Israeli settlement in Hebron, where they pointed their guns at us and threatened our lives until they discovered we were American citizens. This is just a small sample of what is endured under occupation, yet daily living is drastically more graphic and petrifying for those who call it home. When I come home to Ohio, and find that my school invests my dollar in companies and businesses that contribute to such atrocities and injustices around the globe, it sickens me. What's more is how many of us are unwittingly contributing to organizations and businesses that thrive at the expense of human lives and human rights. While many of us are unable to actively put an end to the human abuse, we can at least stop contributing to its continuity one helpful and hopeful hand at a time." #HumansofOSUDivest

Humans of OSU Divest "I was raised in a Jewish household, by parents who were very influential in instilling in me ideas about justice, fairness, and open-mindedness. My mom was a recycling advocate in the community and a feminist who raised me on children’s books and tapes advocating gender neutrality. Through getting involved in my religion, acts like Tzedakah and Mitzvah days, I saw Judaism itself as being about justice as well and for years, was an advocate of that. The more I dove into my religion, the more I believed that being Jewish was generally synonymous with believing in justice. However, when I started to look at the history of early Israel and looked at the death tolls, the harder it was for me to believe in what Israel was doing. When the Gaza War happened in 2012, I was following it closely and was utterly disgusted not only by the deaths and pictures of destruction, but the gross disregard that the people in power had for the lives of the people who are their global neighbors. They were the kinds of things I’d expect to hear from crazy fundamentalists, and it was coming from both sides of the aisle. I felt alienated from the community when I saw people saying these things and the hegemonic culture involved and expressed my frustration on social media and other ways, and subsequently alienated myself from my family. I can’t talk to them about it and our relationship isn't the same, and when I found CJP at Ohio State, I found a community of people who wouldn't have this iciness towards me that I felt. I do still believe that there is an ethic of justice within the community, but it’s blind on this issue. To think about some of the terrible acts of humanity that I at one point advocated and staunchly defended leaves me with a feeling of guilt. I support Divestment because I believe in using everything within the arsenal of activists and advocates of justice to make the Jewish community I identify with come to the realization that while the people of every nation have the “right to exist”, that doesn't justify settlements that displace a population or inordinate amounts of violence, and the relegation of a people to second class citizens. I feel an immense responsibility to get involve and support Divestment, precisely because I am Jewish and want to see a peaceful coexistence and an end to the discrimination, racism, and bigotry against Palestinians.

Humans of OSU Divest "I have noticed that many people seem to forget the concept of humanity and the true definition of it. To me, humanity entails being aware of others and realizing that oppression exists. We must collectively end this oppression, whether it be here or in Palestine. We are not helpless individuals and we must refuse to stop being complicit in the oppression of our brothers and sisters in a different land." #HumansofOSUDivest

"I think we, in academia, have a special type of responsibility to uphold human rights. Sociology, feminism, LGBTQ studies, critical race theory... things like that have a space to flourish on university campuses without profit as the motivation. Student activists aren't taken seriously very often, we're always asked what it is that we're "doing" for the cause. This is something we can do. We can heed the call of Palestinian academics. OSU can set an example, Buckeyes can say 'hey look we ARE doing something. We stand for human rights on this campus!

Humans of OSU Divest "As a member of the most globalized generation in human history, I feel it’s a duty upon every student to not only learn and be aware of the events unfolding around them, but to be an active participant in the ever changing global climate. That being said, the OSU Divest movement is a manifestation of that student who is not just reading and studying the past, but being a part of history, mirroring such great movements as the fight for civil liberties in the United States, combating apartheid in South Africa, the toppling of the Berlin Wall and now struggling for the besieged people of Palestine."

"As a person of Irish background, I'm proud to continue Ireland's tradition of solidarity with the Palestinian people. However, you don't need to be Irish to know that what the Palestinian people suffer is unjust. All you have to be is someone with a conscience. No matter the place, I'm going to stand against the demolition of people's homes, the experience of being occupied, and the killing of civilians. That's why I'm for divestment."

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My parents instilled the idea of justice in me from a young age. Whether it was a rally for Kosovo, a fundraiser for Afghanistan, a march for Syria or a drive for Iraq, I was always taught to speak up for those who were in circumstances where they could not for themselves. As the granddaughter of Palestinian refugees who were forced to relocate to Jordan in 1948, I have carried the title with me. My refugee status is inherited and I constantly work to ensure that the next generation has a homeland they can visit freely with all of the protection and freedoms that entails. I support divestment because I am a human who believes in the freedom of all oppressed peoples. I do my part in the hopes that you will too, for Palestine, for all of us."

"I first became fully aware of the struggle in Palestine when I saw the scenes of destruction and death in Gaza after “Operation Pillar of Defense� on my television in 2012. In the summer of 2014 I saw the same brutal scenes repeated and magnified. Hundreds dead for the crime of existing in a land where they are unwanted. Devastated by those images, I decided I could not sit silently watching the television screen any longer. I stood up and protested in support of the sanctity of Palestinian life. If we believe in the value of human life, we need to support the human rights of all people. Today, Ohio State does works with businesses that are complicit in human rights abuses against Palestinians as well as other peoples across the globe. We need to call on Ohio State to divest from companies that cause such needless suffering, for we are complicit. Divestment is the first and closest step we can take to bringing about a more just world

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“My grandfather and his family were expelled from their hometown of Al Jish (Northern Palestine) in 1948 during the Nakba. They fled on foot to Southern Lebanon and settled in Mieh Mieh as Palestinian refugees. That is until the refugee camp was bombed by Israeli warplanes, causing my family to flee to Tripoli in north Lebanon; where I was born. Living in Lebanon as a descendant of Palestinian refugees was not easy. It was really difficult for us to own property, work in many professions, open a shop, etc. However, despite these terrible economic and political living conditions, we served as an inspiration for human spirit and continued to fight against injustice. Our camps represent the living face of the Palestinian struggle for liberation and the right of return to our home. Divestment is important to me because the effects of the occupation have manifested themselves in my life and it is not comforting to know that my tuition dollars are contributing to it.�

I have a very simplistic view of life. Do good and eventually good will happen to you. However, it's really easy to have that mindset when you have always been blessed with the best. It's really easy to claim that positive thinking and faith will get you places when one hasn't gone through anything like many people around the world. I've lived in and visited several countries and there has always been some tension involving particular groups of people; whether it be race, cultural background, religion, or gender, one thing or the other seems to be maltreated. And though some things are incomparably worst than the other, the fact remains that human rights get violated. We need to think past our privileged lifestyle and take a stand and DO SOMETHING. I don't get into political arguments about who started what, but I'm also not imperceptive and know when innocent lives are effected. If you try to justify to me why killing of innocents, who have nothing to do with any political agenda, is because of whatever reason, I'm sorry, to me your argument is irrelevant. That's why I support divestment. If it makes even the slightest of impact, then it's worth it. Better than idly sitting around wondering why the brutality hasn't ended yet

Humans of OSU Divest "I was born in the West Bank and moved to the states when I was six years old. I learned about the occupation from people around me, saw it on the news, and of course it angered me. But that anger was nothing compared to how I felt when I moved back to Palestine at the age of 16. I no longer just heard about it, I felt it. I felt the humiliation, dehumanization, and frustration the people felt every single day. Everyday life revolved around the occupation. Whether it be checkpoints, permission slips to move from one place to another, curfews, fear of settler attacks, fear of harassment, fear of getting shot by the IDF, everything was miserable. When I came back to the US for college, I was surprised to find out that there were groups and activists that existed on and off campuses. I was amazed by the amount of people that cared and fought for the Palestinian cause. Many Palestinians have no idea what’s going on outside of the prison they’re entrapped in. And to me, divestment will remind Palestinians that they’re not forgotten and kindle a sense of hope that they so desperately need.

"The issue of Palestine has always been close to me. As a socialist and a part of the Puerto Rican diaspora, I understand the need to oppose colonialism in all its forms, whether that's in Puerto Rico or Palestine. I support divestment because I believe everyone deserves to live with dignity and should have the ability to live their lives to their full potential!

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. " --Desmond Tutu

"Let us resolve to do our best to move forward to a brighter tomorrow. Let us resolve to do this together." --President Michael Drake, MD

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