Socialist professor Cornel West joined with authors and professors to call on Princeton University to divest from companies that do business in Israel.
West is a professor emeritus at Princeton’s Center for African American Studies and a prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. He spoke at Princeton’s McCosh Hall Wednesday with several other divestment activists in an effort to encourage undergraduates to support a divestment referendum asking the university to shed investments tied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, NJ.com reports.
West told his audience he’s not supporting one side of the dispute over the other, but rather believes there will be no peace in the region until the violence has ceased.
“There will be no security for our Jewish … brothers and sisters – who have a right to security after 2,000 years of vicious hatred – as there can be no security predicated on violence,” West said.