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Brown U urged to divest from companies ‘facilitating rights abuses in Palestine’

Ethics advisory committee adopts nonbinding recommendation, months after undergraduate students at Ivy league school overwhelmingly voted to boycott Israel

In this Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 photo people rest on grass while reading at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 photo people rest on grass while reading at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A Brown University advisory committee has recommended that the college divest from “companies identified as facilitating human rights abuses in Palestine.”

On Monday, six of the nine members of the Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Practices voted in favor of the motion, The Brown Daily Herald reported.

The advisory committee at the university, which is located in Providence, Rhode Island, makes nonbinding recommendations about investment and “issues of ethical and moral responsibility” to the school’s president and governing body. It is made up of members representing the faculty, staff, students and alumni.

In March, undergraduates at Brown voted in favor of a nonbinding measure to boycott Israel by a more than 2-to-1 margin.

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