September 1st-Over 7 years after the civil law suit was filed against the State of Israel, Rachel Corrie’s family listened in a Haifa District Court while the judge held that the Israeli Government was not responsible for Rachel’s death. In support of the Corrie family and the struggle for justice and equal rights, ASU’s Students for Justice in Palestine condemn the Israeli policy of Palestinian home demolitions. SJP joined the Rachel Corrie Foundation in marking the verdict of the Corrie trial by pressuring the investment firm TIAA-CREF from divesting in companies that are complicit in the occupation, including Caterpillar Inc., Veolia, and Northrop Grumman. Rachel was killed by a Caterpillar bulldozer as she was protecting the home of a Palestinian family in March of 2003. TIAA-CREF currently holds Caterpillar stock.
On Friday August 31st, SJP held a letter writing and signing table at Arizona State University as part of a larger nationwide social media campaign to take a stand against home demolitions. SJP collected and delivered 70 letters TIAA-CREF’s offices in Phoenix, Arizona. Below are pictures of the event: