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Several US universities consider divestment from Israel after sustained protests

Several US universities consider divestment from Israel after sustained protests

Students at several universities in the United States have convinced administrators to consider withdrawing their schools’ endowments from Israel after weeks of pro-Palestinian protests.

In what appears to be the protesters’ biggest victory yet, Sacramento State pledged Tuesday to divest from all “companies and funds that profit from genocide, ethnic cleansing and activities that violate fundamental human rights”.

The school said it had no direct investments crossing that line, but would review its index and mutual funds and “pursue a human rights-based investment approach.”

Sacramento State’s deal stands in stark contrast to other universities such as Columbia and George Washington, where administrators have called police to forcibly remove protesters and refused to comply with calls for divestment. Since April 18, police have arrested more than 2,800 people on 50 campuses.

Students also won incremental victories at schools including Northwestern, Brown, Rutgers, Johns Hopkins, the University of Minnesota and the University of California, Riverside – which met some of their demands in exchange for dismantling the encampments . Several universities have agreed to review their investments, and some have pledged to be more transparent, although some activists are skeptical of these promises.