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The Divestment Petition and Open Letter to the University of Auckland Foundation and the Situation in Rafah w Dr Ritesh Shah from the University of Auckland

The Divestment Petition and Open Letter to the University of Auckland Foundation and the Situation in Rafah w Dr Ritesh Shah from the University of Auckland

The Divestment Petition and Open Letter to the University of Auckland Foundation and the Situation in Rafah w Dr Ritesh Shah from the University of Auckland The Divestment Petition and Open Letter to the University of Auckland Foundation and the Situation in Rafah w Dr Ritesh Shah from the University of Auckland, 27.07 MB
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

It’s almost been a month since protests began at Columbia University in New York, where students established a Gaza Solidarity encampment to demand that the university divest from companies associated with the State of Israel. 

With similar protests subsequently springing up at campuses across the globe, calling for universities to divest from Israel, the issue of ethical and responsible investment has become widely discussed in academic institutions across the globe. 

In the wake of the international student uprisings, an open letter and petition has been sent to the University of Auckland Foundation to divest from companies that are involved in gross human rights violations and weapons manufacturing. The Letter has been signed by a number of Professors, faculty members and students who are concerned about the University of Auckland’s possible investment ties, and are calling for the University to adopt a more ethical investment framework. 

Oto spoke to Dr Ritesh Shah, a senior lecturer in Critical Studies in Education and co-author of the letter, to discuss the calls for divestment to the University, as well as the current situation in Rafah, which he had also been researching.

If you'd like to sign the petition to the University of Auckland Foundation, you can find it here: