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University of Wisconsin faculty votes Divestment from Israel
JAT - Jewish Action Taskforce ^ | Feb. 1, '05 | JAT

Posted on 02/01/2005 1:20:58 PM PST by dianaA

The Faculty Senate of the University of Wisconsin at Platteville has just become the first faculty of an American University to vote to divest from Israel.

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TOPICS: Israel; US: Wisconsin; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: academia; alawda; antisemite; antisemites; antisemitism; divestment; movement; palestine; platteville; sbaihat; solidarity; terrorism; wisconsin; zionism
The Faculty Senate of the University of Wisconsin at Platteville has just become the first faculty of an American University to vote to divest from Israel.

ACTIONS:

Please remember that one thoughtless letter can undo all the impact of a thousand thoughtful letters. Last fall, the Office of the President at Duke diverted attention from the fact that they were permitting a group that openly endorses terrorism to meet on campus by complaining about the hate-mail that he was receiving from supporters of Israel. The Presbyterian Church received a single, anonymous letter threatening violence, and has been able to spin that letter into a string of “balanced” articles in newspapers that excuse the church’s anti-Israel actions by pointing out that the Presbyterian Church has been threatened with arson.

Yoou are entitled to be hopping mad to learn that the faculty of a State University in Wisconsin has taken an action that is intended to destroy the Jewish State. But please don’t let your justifiable anger undermine the effectiveness of your protest.

1. Write to the Chancellor of UW – Platteville, Dr. David Markee, asking that he condemn the vote taken by his faculty senate. markee@uwplatt.edu 2. Write to the Chairman of the Faculty Senate , Professor Mark Evenson, demanding that the Faculty Senate reconsider the divestment decision. evensonm@uwplatt.edu

3. Send a letter to the editor to the UW student newspaper, the Exponent exponent@uwplatt.edu

4. Sign the petition asking UW Madison to refuse to host the PSM National Conference http://www.petitiononline.com/stopPSM/petition.html

5. Write to University of Wisconsin Chancellor John D. Wiley of chancellor@news.wisc.edu asking that he take action to end the racism being perpetrated by anti-Israel activists on his campuses.

BACKGROUND: The State of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin share a long tradition of progressive politics. Sadly, that tradition is being hijacked by anti-Semitic, pro-terrorism activists who support the violent destruction of the State of Israel. The Wisconsin Divestment Project (http://alawda.rso.wisc.edu/) is affiliated with Al Awda, a radical group that uses the racist language of “Jewish control” of the universities and media, refers to Jewish national aspirations as a “disease,” and works toward the destruction of the State of Israel “by any means necessary.” Al Awda is explicit in its demand for a Palestinian state “From the River to the Sea.”

Fayyad Sbaihat is a leader of The Wisconsin Divestment Project, Al Awda, and the Palestine Solidarity Movement. He was a co-chair of the recent PSM National Conference at Duke. This is the third year during which Sbaihat has self-described as a “senior majoring in chemical engineering” at UW Madison. Given his lack of visible means of support, freedom to spend much of the semester in Durham and Platteville, and ability to devote most of his time to anti-Israel politics, observers presume that Sbaihat is among the cadre of anti-Israel “students” paid by anti-Israel organizations to devote their time to anti-Israel activism.

In January, UW Madison allowed Sbaihat to book a room on campus in which to hold a “Winter Planning Session” of the Palestine Solidarity Movement. In the event, Sbaihat held the meeting at a secret location to prevent observers from attending.

Last fall Sbaihat selected UW Platteville as a target, presumably because the faculty senate there includes a number of anti-Israel professors. Professor Osama Jadaan moved to approve the divestment resolution seconded by Professor Abulkhair Masoom. (http://www.uwplatt.edu/fsenate/f041214m.html) It was passed at a meeting the last week of January by a vote of 6-6 with one abstention and with the Chair, Professor Mark Evenson, casting the deciding vote for divestment. We believe this to be the first time that an American university faculty has resolved to divest from Israel.

The faculty senate has, of course, no actual control over the UW investment portfolio. That power is held by the UW Board of Regents which is extremely unlikely to vote to divest. The danger of the resolution taken by the faculty at UW Platteville is that it will encourage other institutions to divest, and help the divestment movement to gain momentum.

Dear Chancellor Markee,

In September 2002, when divestment was being proposed by a group of radical students and faculty members at Harvard, President Larry Summers spoke out with great moral clarity, declaring that campaigns of divestment from Israel are "anti-Semitic in their effect if not their intent" and condemning the effort "to single out Israel among all nations as the lone country where it is inappropriate for any part of the university's endowment to be invested."

I trust that you will issue a similar statement condemning the recent vote of your faculty senate.

Sincerely yours,

Dear Professor Evenson,

At a time when the governments of Israel and of the Palestinian Authority are making heroic efforts to bring peace to their peoples, I am surprised that the faculty of UW Platteville would pass a blatantly anti-Israel resolution at the behest of an organization that is on record in support of terrorism and the violent destruction of the State of Israel.

The Wisconsin Divestment Project (http://alawda.rso.wisc.edu/) is sponsored by Al Awda, an organization that is frank in its support of suicide bombing and the violent destruction of the State of Israel. Fayyad Sbaihat, the UW Madison student who brought the resolution to the faculty senate at Platteville, is a leader of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, a movement that is also on record supporting terrorism and opposing a two state solution in favor of the destruction of the State of Israel and its replacement by a Muslim-majority state. Sbaihat himself is widely believed to be associated with the PFLP, not an organization with which you would want to be associated in any manner.

The danger of this divestment decision is that it will encourage Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the PFLP – the groups with which Fayyad Sbaihat, Al Awda, and the PSM are closely allied, to continue their campaign of terrorism aimed at destroying Israel. This is dangerous at a time when reasonable people from every part of the political spectrum are working in support of President Abbas as he attempts to forge a path toward peace.

I hope that you will work with the members of the faculty senate to reverse this decision before it causes actual harm to the peace process.

Sincerely yours,

Dear Chancellor Wiley,

I am writing to express my concern that a small group of radical students is using the UW campus as a platform for racism and the support of violent means of settling political questions.

Fayyad Sbaihat is a leader of two organizations, Al Awda and the Palestine Solidarity Movement, that endorse terrorism and support the destruction of the State of Israel “by any means necessary.” He is widely rumored to be associated with the PFLP.

This fall, Sbaihat was in Durham helping run a PSM National Conference at which Jewish aspirations were discussed as a “disease,” Israel was reviled as a “racist, “ and “apartheid” state, and Jews were accused of “controlling” American universities and the American government, while Hamas and the PFLP were praised as admirable organizations by Nasser Abufarha, doctoral candidate in anthropology at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

One PSM delegate did introduce a resoltion to renounce terrorism as a “tactic” in the destruction of Israel. There was loud applause when the resolution was overwhelmingly defeated.

In December Sbaihat was in Platteville, persuading the Faculty Senate to divest from Israel.

In January, he held a Winter Planning Meeting at Madison to lay plans for the next Palestine Solidarity Movement National Conference.

I urge you to move forcefully to remove the taint of anti-Semitism from UW. First, by working with the faculty at Platteville to reverse the divestment resolution. Then, by making a clear policy statement that if an organization wishes to enjoy the privilege of meeting at the Universtiy of Wisconsin, it must denounce terrorism, defined as the deliberate targeting of civilians for violent assault in furtherance of a political goal.

Sincerely yours,

1 posted on 02/01/2005 1:20:59 PM PST by dianaA
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To: dianaA
This seems reasonable.
After all, the divested from Reality years ago.

SO9

2 posted on 02/01/2005 1:22:12 PM PST by Servant of the 9 (Trust Me)
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To: dianaA

Anti-semetism abounds in academe.


3 posted on 02/01/2005 1:23:00 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Servant of the 9
Isn't this the State where the son of the mayor vandalized Republican voter vans?
4 posted on 02/01/2005 1:23:43 PM PST by BenLurkin (Big government is still a big problem.)
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To: dianaA

Announcement regarding Kristalnacht activities to follow.


5 posted on 02/01/2005 1:23:58 PM PST by Spok
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To: anniegetyourgun

As long as they don't dis-invest from the tabacco companies that fund their pensions.....


6 posted on 02/01/2005 1:24:07 PM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: dianaA; PresbyRev

This is a direct consequence of the actions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) which made it politically correct to attempt to financially cripple Israel in its time of terror.


7 posted on 02/01/2005 1:24:20 PM PST by Piranha
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To: anniegetyourgun
Anti-semetism abounds in academe.

"though the professed intelligence, they became fools" alert.

wonder if there will be earthquakes in wisconsin now...

8 posted on 02/01/2005 1:24:24 PM PST by the invisib1e hand ("What are you gonna believe, the media, or your own eyes?" -- Marx .............(Groucho))
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To: Servant of the 9

Well, it is their university's money, after all, and one should wish them to find superior investments elsewhere.


9 posted on 02/01/2005 1:24:57 PM PST by GSlob
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To: dianaA

Fine, they can invest in a really hot property, like Palestinian stocks such as... ummm.... or....

Oh, let's just keep throwing money at a bunch of unemployed terrorists.


10 posted on 02/01/2005 1:25:17 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (My tagline knows what you're thinking... you beast!)
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To: dianaA

When academia divested from South Africa, was that anti-Afrikanerism?


11 posted on 02/01/2005 1:25:29 PM PST by gradient_salient
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To: BenLurkin

Ah yep!


12 posted on 02/01/2005 1:25:35 PM PST by Ladysmith (Wisconsin Hunter Shootings: If you want on/off the WI Hunters ping list, please let me know.)
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To: dianaA

This is part of a misguided campaign by leftists to treat Israel like it was South Africa. This is one I would like to see fail big time.


13 posted on 02/01/2005 1:26:21 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Spok

What do you mean Kristallnacht? They'll be setting up gas chambers!


14 posted on 02/01/2005 1:27:06 PM PST by gradient_salient
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To: dianaA

Any way you can get the names of the other people who voted in favor of this thing?


15 posted on 02/01/2005 1:28:27 PM PST by niteowl77
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To: dianaA
This happened at PU--I mean it's not UW-Madison, where I'd fully expect it. Of course, UW-P is part of the University of Wisconsin system, and their opinion is going to count for squat when it comes to disvestiture.

But OMG, my very conservative sister and brother-in-law, grads of UW-Platteville, are going to flip out: their alma mater is taking a very sharp turn to the left.

16 posted on 02/01/2005 1:34:14 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: dianaA
Memo to Univ of Wisconsin: Now that you've taken the first step in the process we are pleased to announce that Mr. Ward Churchill has just become available for a speaking engagement at your University. Please confirm as demand for this VERY motivating speaker is strong.

(BTW Hamilton College just canceled him)

17 posted on 02/01/2005 1:35:06 PM PST by drt1
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To: dianaA

Nobody in academia learned anything from Hitler, the Holocaust and World War II, did they?


18 posted on 02/01/2005 1:39:29 PM PST by Malleus Dei ("Communists are just Democrats in a hurry.")
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To: GSlob
Well, it is their university's money, after all, and one should wish them to find superior investments elsewhere.
UW's are public
19 posted on 02/01/2005 1:40:00 PM PST by Republicus2001
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To: dianaA

What a bunch of modern day Baldur von Schirachs.


20 posted on 02/01/2005 1:40:59 PM PST by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: Catspaw

Hey - UW-Platteville is the K-Mart of the UW System, and the UW-System campuses and The University of Wisconsin at Madison are not to be confused. This would be on the order of equating Harvard and DeVry Institute.


21 posted on 02/01/2005 1:41:10 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Servant of the 9

Maybe the taxpayers of Wisconsin should divest themselves of the Univ. of Wisconsin.


22 posted on 02/01/2005 1:43:30 PM PST by MRMEAN
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To: dianaA

Meanwhile, they can move the funds into helping the Palestinians train more suicide bombers/freedom fighters to blow up evil Israeli civilians.


23 posted on 02/01/2005 1:45:44 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: dianaA
Now what is the Muslim population in Wisconsin?
24 posted on 02/01/2005 1:50:41 PM PST by mammer
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To: Piranha

I'm going to guess that Israel won't be financially crippled if some stock is sold. That's a bit of melodrama.

http://www.pcusa.org/israelandjewishrelations/moderator.htm


25 posted on 02/01/2005 2:22:14 PM PST by PresbyRev
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To: dianaA


They support this though
26 posted on 02/01/2005 2:29:14 PM PST by John Lenin
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To: dianaA

Cheesehead Nazis


27 posted on 02/01/2005 3:09:39 PM PST by abu afak (abuafak@yahoo.ie)
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To: PresbyRev

Yours is a shockingly utilitarian view for a Christian, and, I presume, a presbyterian pastor, to take.

To be sure, the Presbyterian Church and the U of W can sell their stock and Israel will survive. That will not, however, make the actions of either the PCUSA or the UW faculty senate morally defensible.


Israel is opposed by enemies, Hamas and Islamic Jihad and the PA-sponsored Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade that take the position that the Arabs have the right to sovereignty but the Jews do not. In response, Israel has used measured, moderate, trageted responses. It has not gone in as the government of , say, Syria, does, to wipe out entire villages. No. The IDF carefully targets identified terrorists. And, yes, sometimes when you shoot at a terrorist you hit a child. This is not the same as targeting children, which is what Hamas is doing.

Nor is the Israeli position, which can be summed up as: let us have our little state and you can have your 23 great, big Arab Muslim states. At all the same as the Arab position , which is, we get all 23 Arab Muslim states plus we get to destroy and steal your little Jewish State.

Only people lacking moral judgement fail to see the injustice of the Presbyterian Church in divesting from Israel, while failing to criticize the Arab Muslim states and organizations that seek to destroy the world's only Jewish state.


28 posted on 02/01/2005 3:33:55 PM PST by dianaA
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To: Yehuda

bump for letter to human resources: DON'T HIRE UW GRADS WHO WON'T SPEAK OUT AGAINST TERRORIST SCUM.


29 posted on 02/01/2005 3:49:43 PM PST by Yehuda (AMERICA: LAND OF THE FREE, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

The University as well as the Presbyterian Church raise some interesting legal issues.

First, the fiduciary duty of those directing investment based on political criteria. There's an opening for the legal community here, since investment decisions are always judged in retrospect.

And the similarity of the UW's actions to the Arab boycott of Israel. Participating in the Arab boycott is illegal. It would appear to me to be a fine line.

30 posted on 02/01/2005 4:13:41 PM PST by SJackson ( Bush is as free as a bird, He is only accountable to history and God, Ra'anan Gissin)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken
Hey - UW-Platteville is the K-Mart of the UW System, and the UW-System campuses and The University of Wisconsin at Madison are not to be confused.

LOL! My sister and brother-in-law chose not to go to UW-Madison (late sixties/early seventies) because they were infested with hippies and chose UW-Platteville because it wasn't. PU, at the time (and probably still is) is known for their engineering and mining majors.

31 posted on 02/01/2005 6:39:06 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: abu afak

bump!


32 posted on 02/01/2005 6:57:55 PM PST by onedoug
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To: dianaA

How do you know it really happened? Is there a news story or an annoncement?

You link points to petition about ISM.


33 posted on 02/01/2005 6:58:32 PM PST by chukcha
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To: PresbyRev

So your answer is, go ahead and screw with Israel, our Middle Eastern ally facing Palestinian Arab terrorism, because it won't hurt them anyway?

You are twisted. Would a protest march of activists in front of your church each Sunday holding signs calling you "Jew Haters" be ok because it is just symbolic?

Even if it were symbolic action, symbolic actions can hurt. A protest march is symbolic. A flag burning is symbolic. The pie tossed in Bill Gates' face was symbolic. Symbolic actions can have great effect. Your movement's boycott of Israel already has served to validate a University of Wisconsin campus' decision to do the same.

Why do you persist in defending your church's craven actions by infantilizing them? Saying things like they won't have any effect anyway, or suggesting that we boycott the Palestinian Arabs too, don't provide a defense to your church's decision to turn its back on our ally Israel, in its time of need.

You should be ashamed.


34 posted on 02/01/2005 7:50:40 PM PST by Piranha
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To: SJackson

The UW boycott may be a fine line. In my opinion the PCUSA has clearly crossed the line. The anti-boycott law prohibits joining a foreign boycott. In the case of the PCUSA, there is an existing anti-Israel boycott, and the decision of the executive council (whatever they call themselves) was taken after a presentation by a Palestinian Arab at the national meeting, thereby tying the boycott to foreign influence.

I hope someone brings suit agains the Church for violating federal law.


35 posted on 02/01/2005 7:53:12 PM PST by Piranha
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To: Yehuda

What about PCUSA members who endorse their joining the anti-Israel boycott?


36 posted on 02/01/2005 7:54:32 PM PST by Piranha
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To: Piranha

You ought to consider the more reasoned analysis of the Israel-Palestine situation, as opposed to your shrill denunciation of all who don't share your perspective, laid out by others on this and similar threads, re: Condi's position on a two state scenario. {You had pinged me to this thread from the Condi thread if you recall).

Israelis and Palestinians alike favor a two state scenario.

The Bush Administration favors a two state solution.

To reiterate my previously stated position - if a 'state of Palestine' doesn't stop terrorist violence launched against Israel, then Israel has a nation-state with which to contend not amorphous 'refugees,' 'occupied territories,' etc.

It seems you drew me onto this thread in order to get me to post something to allow you to lash out at the PCUSA; Condi Rice, whoever seems to be drawing your ire. I hope you feel better.


37 posted on 02/01/2005 8:52:03 PM PST by PresbyRev
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To: PresbyRev

The issue of a two-state or one-state solution is a red herring. I don't believe that I brought it up in my posts to you.

My point is that Israel is in an extraordinarily difficult situation because of Palestinian Arab terrorists who are trying to kill its citizens.

By voting to cut investments in companies that do business with Israel, your church has chosen to side with the terrorists.

Whether a one-state or a two-state solution is found, I hope that people remember the craven response of the PCUSA to America's ally, Israel, in its hour of need.

I pinged you because I wanted to make sure that you saw that other institutions are now following the lead of your church in attempting to put Israel -- and only Israel -- outside of the community of nations. I wanted you to understand the consequences of your church's reckless actions.

I don't feel better. I will feel better if your church disavows its attempts to demonize Israel and once again becomes a reflection of American values.


38 posted on 02/02/2005 12:25:35 AM PST by Piranha
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To: gradient_salient
When academia divested from South Africa, was that anti-Afrikanerism.

The difference is, Israel is not an apatheid state. This is anti-semitism, pure and simple. Israel = strong Jews defending themselves. Some people just can't live with that.

39 posted on 02/02/2005 3:50:09 AM PST by veronica (Got a script? Go here - http://www.filmmonterey.org/screenwriting.html)
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To: Piranha
This is a direct consequence of the actions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) which made it politically correct to attempt to financially cripple Israel in its time of terror.

Not the first time leftist Christians have shown hostility to Jews.

40 posted on 02/02/2005 3:52:41 AM PST by veronica (Got a script? Go here - http://www.filmmonterey.org/screenwriting.html)
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To: dianaA; All

The Dubuque TH for 02/02/05 has the headline "UW-P woos Japanese firm." Hopefully, no foreign student with a hard-on about the Japanese will use tax dollars to persuade the UW-P faculty senate to divest and/or distance themselves from the perpetrators of Nanking, Pearl Harbor and Bataan.


41 posted on 02/02/2005 5:01:50 AM PST by niteowl77
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