Open antisemitism in petition to UCal, signed by thousands

Justice for Black Lives: Petition to University of California

Look at the explicit antisemitism in this petition, signed by thousands of organisations and individuals……………..

As students and workers at the University of California, we demand an end to all university contracts with police on our campuses, the abolition of their departments, and the redistribution of their resources to provide for community members in need. Policing is rooted in anti-Black racism, slavery, lynchings, and “protecting and serving” a system of racial dominance and exploitation. It is rooted in Indigenous genocide and settler colonization. No longer will we tolerate our tax dollars and institutions of higher education supporting an institution that systematically and unequivocally devalues and destroys Black life. The UC cannot claim to “serve society as a center of higher learning” as its “distinctive mission” while at the same time defend its contracts with institutions that disproportionally murder and incarcerate Black and Brown men, women, and non-binary folks in California with impunity. It does so while simultaneously claiming it does not have funds to pay its graduate students, lecturers, food and service workers, librarians, researchers, technical, clerical, or health workers a living wage. The UC cannot claim to “create an educated workforce” when it finances and instructs law enforcement to suppress and terrorize alumni, students and workers for being Black and Brown or who protest.  The UC – like all of higher education in America – is complicit in racism.

This complicity goes beyond domestic policing. We also call on the UC to divest from companies that profit off of Israel’s illegal military occupation of Palestine, investments that uphold a system of anti-Black racism in the US. We know the Minneapolis police were also trained by Israeli counter-terrorism officers. The knee-to-neck choke-hold that Chauvin used to murder George Floyd has been used and perfected to torture Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces through 72 years of ethnic cleansing and dispossession. Police departments view Israeli Defense Force tactics as models for responding to “public health and safety crises.”

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