City Board Rejects Divestment Proposal in Somerville, MA

December 10, 2004

Source: The Harvard Crimson

On December 10, 2004 The Harvard Crimson reported, "Somerville lawmakers resoundingly rejected a proposal last night to divest the city’s funds from Israeli holdings, effectively ending a debate over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that had sparked controversy in recent weeks. The 9-1 vote by the city’s Board of Aldermen came five weeks after the proposal drafted by Somerville Divestment Project was first introduced. The proposal had called on the city to divest its pension fund from Israeli bonds and withdraw investments from American corporations providing military products to Israel... After the vote was taken at Somerville’s city hall, supporters of the divestment plan walked up to the aldermen and began singing an African anti-apartheid song while distributing pro-divestment pamphlets... Shawn M. Yanklowitz, a student at the Graduate School of Education and founder of the Jerusalem Pluralism Project, a pro-Israel group on Harvard’s campus, held a sign reading 'Anti-Divestment, Anti-Hate' at the Board meeting."

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