BDS supporters are going to the next State Board of InvestmentI meeting on May 30, 2019 at 10:00 am in the State Capitol Room G23 in St. Paul to ask them to divest from several companies.
The State Board of Investment (SBI) has been investing your tax dollars in companies like:
Elbit Systems – manufacturer of drones, weapons systems, ammunition and surveillance systems, all “battle-tested” (meaning tested out on captive Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank). The weapons are sold around the world to countries which violate human rights. The surveillance equipment is being sold to the US for use at the US/Mexico border.
Bezeq Telecom Co. – which provides telecommunications equipment to the illegal settlements, checkpoints and army bases in the West Bank and Golan Heights. Palestinian telecom companies must use the Israeli infrastructure and Israel does not allow more than 3G networks for Palestinians.
Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank – these banks are heavily involved in illegal settlement construction, including infrastructure development and home mortgages.
We think the State of Minnesota should not be involved in companies like these, which flagrantly violate international law. The SBI’s investment guidelines should prohibit such investments. There will be four speakers who will present facts and make our requests. The rest of us are there to show support and solidarity, to tweet, write letters to the editor, and report on how the Board reacts.
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Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign is working with allied organizations including Middle East Peace Now (MEPN), Jewish Voice for Peace-Twin Cities (JVP-TC), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Students for Justice in Palestine-UMN (SJP-UMN), Women Against Military Madness-Middle East Committee (WAMM-ME), and a lot more (together we are called the MN BDS Community) on this campaign.