From the Daily Texan
(University of Texas at Austin)
"Draw the connections: UT, the US and Israel"
by Christina Noriega and Jonathan Orta
November 29, 2012
"...An Amnesty International report titled 'Operation Cast Lead: 22 Days of Death and Destruction' reports that Israeli F-16 combat aircraft 'targeted and destroyed civilian homes … often while they slept' and that Israeli Hellfire missiles killed 'children playing on the roofs of their homes or in the street and other civilians going about their daily business ... in broad daylight.' Though Israel’s countless war crimes have been well-documented, the U.S. government maintains its generous $3 billion a year in foreign aid to Israel.
"The U.S. government’s recent acts of unwavering, bipartisan support of Israel demonstrate the normalization of endorsing Israel’s actions in our political system. We cannot depend on our political system to change current U.S. foreign policy towards Israel. Change must come first from social movements.
"Challenging U.S. policy must begin on this campus with a call for the University to divest its interests in Israel. The Nov. 19 protest on the West Mall, like the one decades before, reminded University decision-makers that UT students can hold the University accountable for its actions. What unified the speakers and marchers was an understanding that UT students can effect changes. Join the movement to end U.S. support of Israel. Rather than being spectators to U.S.-endorsed occupation, we can start the path to peace here."