SISA Letter of Support for SJP

We, the members of the Swarthmore Indigenous Student Association, write to publicly announce not only our support of Students for Justice in Palestine but also the people of Palestine in their struggle against settler-colonialism and the Israeli occupation. With the announcement of a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign earlier this semester, SJP has called upon Swarthmore College to divest from companies complicit in the continued Israeli Occupation of Gaza and the West Bank and the campaign of brutality inherent in the colonial state. We fully support the BDS movement, a peaceful protest tactic that has been several non-violent leaders to protest apartheid in South Africa and racial segregation in the U.S.

As a group of indigenous students, we call on everyone to understand that at the root of this movement is justice for Palestinian people. Justice so that they may practice their right to return to their homes. Justice so that they don’t need to live under a constant and violent state of surveillance. While both sides have faced loss, the simple truth is that there is a huge disparity in lives lost and and resources available to Palestinians.

The violence inflicted by the Israeli government is made possible only by the support of international corporations and foreign governments. By supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign and the rights of indigenous peoples across the world, we are calling on Swarthmore College to take a stand for justice by divesting funds from Lockheed Martin, Elbit Systems, Boeing, Caterpillar, Hyundai, Bank Hapoalim, and Hewlett Packard (HP). Swarthmore’s financial future should not be dependent upon the perpetuation of colonial violence and apartheid segregation upon the Palestinian population. To members of the Swarthmore community, we urge you to support BDS and sign SJP’s petition here.

In solidarity,

Swarthmore Indigenous Student Association