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Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Divestment from Israel (2003 article)

Posted by uscsjp on September 10, 2006

The end of apartheid stands as one of the crowning accomplishments of the past century, but we would not have succeeded without the help of international pressure – in particular the divestment movement of the 1980s. Over the past eight months a similar movement has taken shape, this time aiming at an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories captured during the 1967 military campaign.

Divestment from apartheid South Africa was fought by ordinary people at the grassroots. Faith-based leaders informed their followers, union members pressured their companies’ stockholders and consumers questioned their store owners. Students played an especially important role by compelling universities to change their investment portfolios. Eventually, institutions pulled the financial plug and the South African Government thought twice about its policies. (continued. . . )

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