News & Notes: Stanford announces it will not participate in divestment from companies in Israel
Stanford will not divest from companies operating in Israel, according to the Stanford Daily.
The announcement was madeon Tuesdayafternoon by the Stanford Board of Trustees in response to a request from the Stanford Students for Justice in Palestine, who had asked Stanford to divest from a list of companies that allegedly profited from human rights abuses in Palestine.
According to the statement, the Board believed that any action to divest would create deep divisions among the Stanford community. It read that the University’s mission and responsibility of allowing and encouraging diverse opinions on campus would be compromised by taking a position on such a complex issue.
Earlier this year, there had been two separate votes by the Associated Students of Stanford University Senate regarding divestment. The conflict was so significant that several students shouted, and one was reportedly moved to tears.