Hello, friends and supporters of the Columbia Palestine Forum:
We’re writing to let you know that we will begin talks on Monday, March 30th, with the Columbia University administration regarding our demands, which seek an end to Columbia’s investment in companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. Our demands also ask for direct support for the human, educational, and academic rights of Palestinians. See the full text of our demands at our website, http://columbiapalestineforum.org/.
These negotiations have only come about because of all of our sustained efforts at raising campus awareness about Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, our university’s complicity in this occupation, and what we as students can do to stop it.
Given Columbia’s previous negative responses to student and faculty efforts to seriously address this issue, their current willingness to talk about this issue should be seen as a huge victory for our movement here on campus.
It also means that now is the time to put more pressure on the university to fully meet our demands. Here’s what you can do:
Again, thanks to all of you for your support. We’ll make it our top priority to keep you informed about the state of the demands. This is a growing movement for peace and justice, and we encourage everyone to get involved.
Hope to see you soon!
Dear President Lee Bollinger/Dean Kevin Shollenberger/Vice President Nicholas Dirks,
My name is ___________, and I am a Columbia student/faculty/alum, and I want to thank you for meeting so promptly with the Columbia Palestine Forum. As a supporter of the human and academic rights of Palestinians, I ask Columbia University, in keeping with its long tradition of support for these rights across the world, to expediently honor the demands of the Columbia Palestine Forum. I will be following with great interest the outcome of these talks.