A Resolution to Divest from Companies that Profit from the Military Occupation of Palestine – May 7, 2013
Resolution #432
by Miya Sommers & Second: Genesis Herrera

Student Sponsor: Students for Justice in Palestine Human Rights Board
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University of California, Santa Barbara
Senate Resolution
Subject: A Resolution to Divest from Companies that Profit from the Military Occupation of Palestine
Author: Miya Sommers Second: Genesis Herrera
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Bill Type: Directional Vote Required for Passage: (50% +1)

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A Resolution To
Divest From Companies that Profit From The Military Occupation of Palestine
WHEREAS: this resolution does not take a stance on the Israeli-Palestinian issue; we are merely removing student fees from companies that profit off of violence; and,
WHEREAS: it is the University of California, Santa Barbara’s duty to maintain the values of intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitments, and empathy, which includes the promotion of human rights, equality, and dignity for all people; and,
WHEREAS: the Mission Statement of UCSB states, “Our commitment to public service is manifested through the creation and distribution of knowledge that advances the well-being of our state, nation, and world[i];” and,
WHEREAS: students have a legacy of being involved in the allocation of resources at the University of California, Santa Barbara and across the U.S.; and,
WHEREAS: the role of student activists in exposing South Africa’s apartheid system and supporting equality, freedom, and dignity sets an example for us to follow as students of global conscience; and,
WHEREAS: as the example of South Africa shows, it is imperative for students to stand unequivocally against all forms of racism and bigotry globally and on campus, including but not limited to Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, patriarchy, ableism, and Israel’s violations of human rights; and,
WHEREAS: the above example of South Africa shows the effectiveness of divestment movements; and,
WHEREAS: investment by UCSB in corporations that profit from the military Occupation of Palestine, for the purpose of sharing in those profits, undermines UCSB’s commitment to fostering the well-being of our state, nation, and world, by supporting institutions that act contrary to the UCSB Mission Statement; and,
WHEREAS: the example of UCSB’s divestment from fossil fuels shows only our commitment to socially responsible investment and does not, in any way, mimic the direction of this resolution[ii]; and,
WHEREAS: the occupied Palestinian Territory is not only militarily, but also economically controlled by the Israeli government; and,
WHEREAS: the University of California, Santa Barbara is built on Chumash indigenous land, so has Israel been built on indigenous Palestinian land; and,
WHEREAS: certain companies have promoted and been complicit in human rights violations by the Israeli government, as detailed below and documented by human rights organizations including, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, B’tselem, Al-Haq, Defense for Children International, Addamer, Adalah, Badil, and the Israeli Coalition Against House Demolitions; and,
WHEREAS: according to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), “the construction by Israel of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and its associated regime are contrary to international law[iii];” and,
WHEREAS: according to the same ICJ decision, the establishment and expansion of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is also illegal, under international law; and,
WHEREAS: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 13 states, “everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each…everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country[iv]”; and,
WHEREAS: according to the UN General Assembly’s application of the Fourth Geneva Convention to occupied Palestinian territory, the establishment and expansion of settlements in “….in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, especially settlement activities…remain contrary to international law and cannot be recognized, irrespective of the passage of time[v]”; and,
WHEREAS: former, U.S., Secretary of State, Clinton said that the US policy “on Israeli settlements has not changed and will not change. Like every American administration for decades, we do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity”; and,
WHEREAS: under the Fourth Geneva Convention, the exploitation of natural resources in the occupied Palestinian territory is also illegal; and,
WHEREAS: these violations of human rights and international law have been recognized and resulted in the condemnation of the state of Israel by the international community in the UN Security Council, Human Rights Council Fact-Finding mission in Gaza, and the above mentioned governmental bodies and organizations, which consequently resulted in dozens of resolutions, condemning Israel’s treatment of Palestinians; and,
WHEREAS: our university invests in companies which have an active role in the human rights abuses, against the Palestinian people; thereby making it a complicit third-party; and,
WHEREAS: Motorola has manufactures and provided MotoEagle Surveillance, the radar detectors’ system has been installed in 20-27 Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank, and include radars and cameras to detect human movement outside the settlements and is used on the Separation Wall complex[vi]; and,
WHEREAS: the MotoEagle Surveillance system has been used to restrict the movement of Palestinians and used in the illegal Occupation of Palestinian Territories; and,
WHEREAS: Caterpillar manufactures and provides bulldozers and civil engineering tools to expand illegal settlements and the construction of the Wall and checkpoints, and the D9 bulldozer is used for the systematic and ongoing destruction of Palestinian houses, neighborhoods, and agriculture[vii]; and,
WHEREAS: General Electric is an American manufacturer of engines for military vehicles and the company produces the TT700-701 engines for the Boeing A64 Apache helicopter; and,
WHEREAS: These Boeing A64 Apache helicopters are extensively used by the Israeli military in attacks against Palestinian civilians in both the West Bank and Gaza[viii]; and,
WHEREAS: Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called for Boeing to suspend their sales of the Apache AH-64 helicopters that have been used to attack residential areas of Al-Khalil and invade the refugee camps of Deheishe and Aida; and,
WHEREAS: Hewlett Packard Company has supported the restricted freedom of movement, as cited in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, through providing biometric identification systems used in the Israeli military checkpoints; and,
WHEREAS: Hewlett-Packard Company has provided services and technologies to the Israeli army, among which is the administration of the Israeli navy’s IT infrastructure[ix]; and,
WHEREAS: The Israeli navy enforces naval blockade on the Gaza Strip since 2007; and,
WHEREAS: Raytheon is the largest producer of missile weapons in the world, and sells small and large guided missiles to Israel, including: AGM 65 Maverick, AIM 7 Sparrow, AIM 9 Sidewinder, and AIM 120B ARAAM[x]; and,
WHEREAS: These missiles have been used in the attacks in Lebanon (2006) and Gaza (December 2008-2009); and,
WHEREAS: In June 2005 the Advisory Council on Ethics for the Norwegian Government Petroleum Fund recommended “to exclude Raytheon from investment because of Raytheon’s involvement in the production of cluster bomb munitions and missiles[xi]”; and,
WHEREAS: Northrop Grumman is a American designer, systems integrator, and manufacturer of military aircraft, defense electronics, precision weapons, and commercial and military aerostructures and, specifically, produces radar and Apache Longbow systems for the Israeli military[xii]; and,
WHEREAS: The Obama administration has blocked the sale of Apache helicopter Longbow systems to the Israeli military after the 2008 attack on Gaza due to the systems Hellfire missiles, which have proved to be especially lethal in urban areas due to its maneuverability[xiii][xiv]; and,
WHEREAS: the most recent UC Annual Endowment Report shows University of California, Santa Barbara holding in Caterpillar, General Electric, Northrop Grumman, Hewlett Packard, and Raytheon, whose military technology is used by the Israeli Defense Forces to maintain Israel’s military occupation and siege of the Palestinian territories[xv]; and,
WHEREAS: The UCSB Associated Students Investment Committee is invested in Hewlett Packard; and,
WHEREAS: many of these companies, such as Motorola, have been previously engaged by various solidarity campaigns and concerned investors about their complicit involvement in the previously mentioned human rights violations of the Palestinian people, to no avail; and,
WHEREAS: the University of California Student Association (UCSA), a body that represents all UC student governments, passed a resolution “recognizing the legitimacy of boycotts and divestments as important social movement tools, and encouraged all institutions of higher learning to cleanse their investments portfolios of investment companies, supporting or profiting from violations of international human rights law, as unethical, without making special exemptions for any one country[xvi]”; and,
WHEREAS: our investments are not fostering the “well-being of our state, nation, and world”; therefore,
LET IT BE RESOLVED that we direct ASUCSB staff to examine its assets and UC assets for investments in companies that a) provide military support for, or weaponry to support, the occupation of the Palestinian Territories, or b) facilitate the building or maintenance of the Separation Wall or the demolition of Palestinian homes, or c) facilitate in the building, maintenance, or economic development of Israeli settlements on annexed Palestinian territories; and,
LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that we direct Human Rights Board to send a copy of this resolution to our university, the University of California Treasury, the UC Regents, and the UCSB Foundation to demand they divest their holding from each of these aforementioned companies, as determined by fund fiduciaries, within their discretion; and,
LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that we direct Human Rights Board to send a copy of this resolution to the UCSB Foundation demanding an exploration of its investments and to utilize socially responsible corporations, with the goal of restricting the use of companies that profit from human rights violations; and,
LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that we direct Human Rights Board send a copy of this resolution to the UC Regents demanding more transparency in UC investments and accountability in investment practices, through the involvement of students in the UCSB Foundation; and,
LET IT FINALLY BE RESOLVED that we direct Human Rights Board to send a copy of this resolution demanding our university dissociate from companies that promote systematic discrimination, inequality, and human rights violations, where this system targets people based on religion, gender, race, or orientation, by divesting from companies that participate in or profit from human rights violations.

[i] http://www.ucsb.edu/campus/mission.shtml
[ii] http://thebottomline.as.ucsb.edu/2013/03/fossil-fuel-divestment-resolution-passed
[iii] http://www.david-morrison.org.uk/palestine/wall-illegal-adop-sum.htm
[iv] http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml#a13
[v] http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/E29F7195C53CDDA905256729005035E4
[vi] http://www.whoprofits.org/company/motorola-solutions
[vii] http://www.investmentscreen.org/company-detail/3
[viii] http://www.worldpolicy.org/projects/arms/reports/israel050602.html.
[ix] http://www.whoprofits.org/company/hewlett-packard-hp
[x] http://www.mediamonitors.net/joshruebner3.html
[xi] http://www.mediamonitors.net/joshruebner3.html.
[xii] http://www.investmentscreen.org/company-detail/175
[xiii] http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2009/ss_israel0424_05_27
[xiv] http://www.ucop.edu/treasurer/_files/invpol/GEP_Holdings_12-31-11.pdf
[xv] http://www.ucop.edu/treasurer/_files/invpol/UCRP_Holdings_12-31-11.pdf
[xvi] http://ucsa.org/document/view/236

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