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Divestment from Israel Will Not Bring Peace

Universities selling off their holdings in Israeli companies – the main demand of student protests across the United States – would not achieve the desired result in Gaza. Instead, it would weaken the US higher education system precisely when it needs to be strengthened.

WASHINGTON, DC – The October 7 terrorist attack by Hamas has rightly generated enormous sympathy for the people of Israel, especially given Jews’ history of persecution, culminating in the Holocaust. But the plight of civilians in Gaza since the attack is horrifying as well. Both sides need to support an immediate cessation of hostilities, followed by good-faith efforts to address the underlying issues.