Campus protesters call for divestment. It has happened before

Campus protesters call for divestment. It has happened before

Almost every pro-Palestinian protest rocking college campuses across the US has called for universities to divest from Israel in some form.

What does disposal look like?

Selling is the opposite of investing.

Many universities have endowments, which are donated funds usually invested in stocks, bonds and other financial instruments to help the university earn money.

At Columbia, a group of students wants the college to divest its $13.6 billion endowment from any companies linked to Israel, including Microsoft and Amazon.

Protesters at other schools, such as Cornell and Yale, want their universities to stop investing in arms manufacturers.

What do university officials say?

On Monday, Columbia’s administration reiterated that it would not divest from Israel. Last week, the University of California also said divestment would not happen.

But some colleges are willing to talk to the protesters.

Christina Paxson, president of Brown University, sent a letter to protesters saying she would agree to hear a proposed divestment if the school’s encampment were to be disbanded, according to the student-run newspaper, the Brown Daily Herald.

They have been here.

Columbia students protesting South Africa’s apartheid segregation policies in the 1980s are calling on the school to sever its financial ties to companies doing business in the country.

Columbia eventually voted to sell most of its shares in the South African-linked company. Other colleges followed suit.

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