USC’s campus has recently become the scene of a growing movement by pro-Palestine supporters speaking out against what they see as illegal occupation of territory and discriminatory practices by the Israeli government.
The movement, known internationally as the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” movement, aims to achieve sanctions or other official action against Israel.
Activists hope to achieve this by means of boycotting certain Israeli institutions and stopping business in — or divesting from — companies that are involved in the occupation of what BDS supporters say is Palestinian territory.
The movement has been spearheaded on campus by Students for Justice in Palestine, a pro-Palestine student group that has attempted to raise awareness for the movement by hosting events and collecting petition signatures.
According to SJP President Marwa Katbi, the group is currently focusing on the Israel Divestment Campaign, which is a statewide campaign aimed at collecting enough signatures to create a ballot initiative that would require California’s two public retirement funds to divest from corporations that are directly involved in Israel’s occupation....