Letter

NYU Faculty and Staff: Sign this letter HERE!

ATT: Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.
President and CEO, TIAA-CREF

RE: TIAA-CREF’s Investments in Companies that Profit from the Occupation of Palestinian Territories

Dear Mr. Ferguson,
We write to you as faculty and staff of New York University who share TIAA-CREF’s stated vision of socially responsible investment. It gravely concerns us to know that a portion of TIAA-CREF retirement portfolio funds are invested in approximately thirty companies that profit from Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories. We would like to draw your attention to five corporations in particular: Caterpillar, Elbit Systems, Motorola, Veolia, and Northrop Grumman.

Caterpillar bulldozers are routinely used to demolish Palestinians’ homes and uproot their olive trees; Elbit Systems manufactures drones that have been used against Palestinian and Lebanese civilians, and missiles from these drones were directly responsible for the deaths of 78 Palestinians, including 29 children, during the 2008/9 assault on Gaza; Motorola manufactures the surveillance equipment for Israel’s checkpoints, watchtowers, settlements, and sniper stations on the illegal “Separation Wall” and throughout the West Bank; Veolia is involved in the construction of, and plans to operate, a light-rail system connecting annexed areas of East Jerusalem with illegal settlements in the West Bank; and Northrop Grumman supplies the Israeli army with Longbow Hellfire II missiles as well as parts for Apache helicopters and F-16 combat jets—all weapons used in “Operation Cast Lead,” which claimed the lives of hundreds of Palestinian civilians.

All the above companies actively enable Israel’s ongoing occupation and assaults on Palestinian communities and homes. These actions not only violate our moral values and principles as individuals, but they are also illegal under international law.

In 2009, TIAA-CREF wisely divested from four petrochemical companies that were profiting from Sudan’s oppression of the people of Darfur. We applaud this decision and believe that divesting from Israel’s occupation of Palestine is similarly necessary and urgent. Until TIAA-CREF divests from these companies, it contravenes its own principles and is complicit in Israel’s breaches of international law and violations of human rights.

We raise this issue with you because of our shared commitment to socially responsible investment. We hope that you too are appalled by the terrible injustices associated with Israel’s occupation. Your company can help put a stop to these injustices. As concerned clients and people of conscience, we urge you to divest TIAA-CREF’s funds from those companies that profit from Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

NYU Faculty and Staff:
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Current Signatories:
  1. Sandra Adams – Department Administrator, French, College of Arts and Science
  2. Rodolfo Aiello – Senior Language Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, College of Arts and Science
  3. Jonathan Alexander – Sherman Fairchild Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts
  4. Gwendolyn Alker – Associate Teacher of Theatre Studies
  5. Awam Amkpa – Associate Professor of Drama, Social and Cultural Analysis; Director, Africana Studies, College of Arts and Science
  6. Gary Anderson – Professor of Educational Leadership, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  7. Peder Anker – Associate Professor of History of Science, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  8. Sinan Antoon – Assistant Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  9. Arjun Appadurai – Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  10. Karl Appuhn – Associate Professor of History, College of Arts and Science
  11. John M. Archer – Professor of English, College of Arts and Science
  12. Elizabeth Augspach – Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portugeuse
  13. Aline Baehler – Senior Lecturer, Department of French, College of Arts and Science
  14. Michael Balter – Adjunct Professor of Journalism
  15. Nancy Barton – Clinical Associate Professor of Art and Art Education
  16. Adam Becker – Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Classics Director of Religious Studies
  17. Thomas Bender – University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History
  18. Ned Block, Julius Silver Professor, Departments of Philosophy, Psychology and Center for Neural Science, College of Arts and Science
  19. Neil Brenner – Professor of Sociology, Social and Cultural Analysis, College of Arts and Science
  20. Barbara Browning – Associate Professor of Performance Studies
  21. Karen Burrell – Administrator, Department of History
  22. Craig Calhoun – Professor of Sociology; University Professor
  23. Christopher Cannon – Professor of English, College of Arts and Science
  24. Marisa Carrasco – Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, College of Arts and Science
  25. Vivek Chibber – Associate Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Science
  26. Jung-Bong Choi – Assistant Profesor of Cinema Studies, Tisch
  27. Gene Cittadino – Clinical Assistant Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  28. Lester Cohen- Adjunct professor, Grad Film, Tisch School of the Arts
  29. Robert Cohen – Adjunct Professor of German, College of Arts and Science
  30. Joy Connolly – Associate Professor of Classics, College of Arts and Science
  31. Frederick Cooper – Professor of History, College of Arts and Science
  32. Marty Correia – Assistant to the Chair, Dept. of American Studies, College of Arts and Science
  33. Medhat Credi – Arabic Language Lecturer; Middle East Studies Association; American Association of Teachers of Arabic
  34. Raffaella Cribiore – Professor of Classics, College of Arts and Science
  35. Shamita Das Dasgupta – Adjunct Professor, Law School
  36. C. Daniel Dawson – Adjunct Professor, Gallatin
  37. Patrick Deer – Associate Professor of English, College of Arts and Science
  38. María de Lourdes Dávila – Clinical Assistant Professor: Spanish and Portuguese
  39. Dipti Desai – Associate Professor of Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human development
  40. Muriel Dimen – Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology
  41. Carolyn Dinshaw – Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis and English, College of Arts and Science
  42. Ana Dopico – Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portuguese, College of Arts and Science
  43. Georgina Dopico Black – Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, College of Arts and Science
  44. Fabienne Doucet – Assistant Professor of Teaching & Learning
  45. Lisa Duggan – Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis
  46. Stephen Duncombe – Associate Professor, Gallatin
  47. Henry Em – Associate Professor, East Asian Studies, College of Arts and Science
  48. Kathy Engel – Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts and Faculty Administrator, Office of Community Connections
  49. Paula England – Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Science
  50. Khaled Fahmy – Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, History, College of Arts and Science
  51. Michelle Fawcett – Adjunct Professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
  52. Allen Feldman – Associate Professor, Media, Culture and Communication
  53. Hartry Field – Silver Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts and Science
  54. Sibylle Fischer, Associate Prof. and Chair, Spanish & Portuguese, College of Arts and Science
  55. Juan Flores – Professor, Dept of Social and Cultural Analysis, College of Arts and Science
  56. Luis Francia – Adjunct Professor, Asian/Pacific/American Studies, Dept. of Social & Cultural Analysis, College of Arts and Science
  57. Elaine Freedgood – Professor, Dept of English
  58. Rosalind Fredericks – Assistant Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  59. Toral Gajarawala – Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
  60. Ahu Gemici – Assistant Professor of Economics, College of Arts and Science
  61. Patricia DeGennaro – Professor of International Security, Department of Politics, College of Arts and Science
  62. Michael Gilsenan – Professor, Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, College of Arts and Science
  63. Gabriel Giorgi – Associate Professor Spanish and Portuguese, College of Arts and Science
  64. Ann Goerdt – Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
  65. Jeff Goodwin – Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Science
  66. Gayatri Gopinath – Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis ; Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies
  67. Linda Gordon – Professor of History, College of Arts and Science
  68. Greg Grandin – Professor of History, College of Arts and Science
  69. David F. Greenberg – Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Science
  70. Ed Guerrero, Associate Professor – Cinema Studies/Africana Studies
  71. Nadia Guessous – Assistant Professor/Director of Graduate Studies, Hagop Kevorkian Center
  72. Hanna Gurman – Clinical Assistant Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  73. Hala Halim – Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies
  74. Yukiko Hanawa – Senior Language Lecturer, College of Arts and Science
  75. Christine Harrington – Professor of Politics; Institute for Law and Society (Associated Faculty); and New York University School of Law (Affiliated Faculty)
  76. Scott Hightower – Adjunct Professor, Gallatin School
  77. Denis Hollier – Professor, Department of French, College of Arts and Science
  78. Richard Hull – Professor of History, College of Arts and Science
  79. Colin Jerolmack – Assistant Professor of Sociology, Environmental Studies, College of Arts and Science
  80. Mona Jimenez – Associate Arts Professor, Cinema Studies
  81. Neville Kallenbach – Professor of Chemistry, College of Arts and Science
  82. Rebecca Karl – Associate Professor, History & East Asian Studies, College of Arts and Science
  83. Jair Kessler – Assistant Director, Remarque Institute
  84. Arang Keshavarzian – Associate Professor, Department of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
  85. Mehdi Khorrami – Clinical Professor of Middle Eastern Islamic Studies,College of Arts and Science
  86. Ilya Kliger – Assistant Professor, Russian and Slavic Studies
  87. Lise Landeau – Administrative Aide II, Department of French
  88. Michael Landy – Professor of Pyschology
  89. Jill Lane – Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  90. Andrew H. Lee – Librarian for History, European Studies, Iberian Studies, Soccer & Politics
  91. Tamer el-Leithy – Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
  92. David Levering Lewis – Julius Silver University Professor and Professor of History, NYU and NYU Abu Dhabi
  93. David Levene – Professor of Classics
  94. George Levine – Visiting Professor of English
  95. Jacques Lezra – Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature; Chair of Comparative Literature
  96. Jocelyn Lieu – Adjunct Professor, English, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
  97. Zachary Lockman – Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History
  98. Beatrice Longuenesse – Professor of Philosophy; Acting Director of Graduate Studies
  99. Thomas Looser – Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, Director of Graduate Studies
  100. David Ludden – Professor of History, College of Arts and Science
  101. Ritty Lukose – Associate Professor, Gallatin
  102. Steven Lukes – Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Science
  103. Cecil MacKinnon – Arts Professor
  104. Holly Maguigan – Professor of Clinical Law
  105. Jeff Manza – Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Science
  106. Randy Martin – Professor and Chair of Art and Public Policy (Tisch)
  107. H. Salvador Martinez – Professor Emeritus, Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Former Director of NYU in Spain
  108. John Maynard – Professor of English, College of Arts and Science
  109. Anna McCarthy – Associate Professor of Cinema Studies
  110. Aziz Mehdi – System Network Administrator
  111. Eve Meltzer – Assistant Professor of Visual Studies, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  112. Ara H. Merjian – Assistant Professor of Italian, College of Arts and Science
  113. Adam Meyers – Clinical Associate Professor of Computer Science
  114. Mona Mikhail – Emeritus professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
  115. Mark Crispin Miller – Professor of Media Ecology,
  116. Mara Mills – Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication
  117. Bella Mirabella – Associate Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  118. Ali Mirsepassi – Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Sociology, Gallatin
  119. Sylvia Molloy – Schweitzer Professor of Humanities
  120. Paul Monsour – Adjunct Professor, Courant Institute
  121. David Thornton Moore –  Associate Professor, Gallatin
  122. Ann Morning – Assistant Professor of Sociology; Center for Advanced Social Science Research
  123. José Muñoz – Professor of Performance Studies
  124. Vasuki Nesiah – Associate Professor of Practice
  125. Mary Nolan – Professor of History, College of Arts and Science
  126. Sana Odeh – Faculty Liaison for Global Programs, Department of Computer Science
  127. Patricia Okoh-Esene – Adminstrative Aide, Faculty of Arts and Science, English
  128. Bertell Ollman – Professor of Politics, College of Arts and Science
  129. Deborah K. Padgett – Professor of Social Work
  130. Crystal Parikh – Associate Professor, Department of English and Social and Cultural Analysis
  131. Michael Peachin – Professor of Classics
  132. Haley Peele – Administrative Coordinator, Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
  133. Ann Pellegrini – Associate Professor, Performance Studies and Religious Studies
  134. Susan Pelosi – Adjunct Lecturer, Silver School of Social Work
  135. Leslie Peirce – Professor of History
  136. Rene F Poitevin – Assistant Professor, Gallatin
  137. Dana Polan – Professor of Cinema Studies
  138. Maurice A. Pomerantz – Assistant Prof./Faculty Fellow Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
  139. Mary Louise Pratt – Silver Professor and Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures
  140. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan-Visiting Professor of English, Global Distinguished Professor of English
  141. Arvind Rajagopal – Professor of Media, Culture & Communications, Steinhardt
  142. Mark Read – Adjunct Professor, Gallatin
  143. Stephen Rechner – Assistant to Faculty Director and Associate Director, Law School
  144. Timothy J. Reiss – Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Distinguished Scholar in Residence
  145. Nancy F Regalado – Professor of French, Medieval & Renaissance Center; Director, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program
  146. José Reyes – Administrator, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  147. Joseph Rodriguez – Adjunct professor, Photography and Imaging
  148. Lissette Roarabaugh – Department Administrator, English
  149. Moss Roberts – Professor of East Asian Studies, College of Arts & Science
  150. Erica Robles-Anderson – Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication
  151. Andrew Ross – Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis
  152. Kristin Ross – Professor of Comparative Literature
  153. Everett Rowson – Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
  154. Deirdre Royster – Associate Professor, Sociology & Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  155. Martha Rust – Associate Professor, English
  156. Josefina Saldaña-Portillo – Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis
  157. Van Santvoord – Associate Teacher, Drama
  158. Greta Scharnweber – Associate Director, Outreach, Hagop Kevorkian Center
  159. Martin Scherzinger – Associate Professor, Media, Culture, and Communication
  160. Richard Schechner – University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies, Tisch
  161. Frank Schiro – Professor, Vocal Performance
  162. Nadrian Seeman – Sokol Professor of Chemistry
  163. Eduardo Segura – Senior Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  164. Burt Shachter – Professor of Social Work
  165. Lytle Shaw – Associate Professor of English
  166. Stephen Schiffer – Silver Professor of Philosophy
  167. Miranda Sherman – Assistant to the Chair, Graduate Film
  168. Ella Shohat – Professor, Art and Public Policy; Affiliate with NYU Faculty of Arts and Science Department of Middle Eastern Studies
  169. John Victor Singler – Professor of Linguistics
  170. Laura Slatkin – Professor, Classical Studies, Gallatin School
  171. Julie Sloane – Teacher, Kanbar Institute of Film and Television
  172. Nancy Smith Amer – Department Administrator, Department of Classics
  173. Alan Sokal – Professor of Physics
  174. George Solt – Assistant Professor of History, East Asian Studies
  175. Marie Cruz Soto – Clinical Assistant Professor, Gallatin
  176. Robert Stam – University Professor, Cinema Studies
  177. Justin Stearns – Assistant Professor in Arab Crossroads Studies, NYUAD
  178. Constance R. Sutton – Professor of Anthropology
  179. Helga Tawil-Souri – Assistant Professor, Media Culture and Communication
  180. Diana Taylor – University Professor, Performance Studies and Spanish; Founding Director, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
  181. Nina Thomas – Clinical Associate Professor, Co-Chair, Relational Orientation at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
  182. Paul Thompson – Associate Professor, Tisch School of the Arts
  183. Sinclair Thomson – Associate Professor of History
  184. Thuy Linh Tu, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis.
  185. Jim Uleman – Professor of Psychology
  186. Juan D. Vasquez – Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish
  187. James David Velleman – Professor of Philosophy
  188. Daniel J. Walkowitz – Professor of History and Metropolitan Studies
  189. Marc Walters – Associate Professor of Chemistry
  190. Jeremy Walton – Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow, Religious Studies
  191. Stephen Wangh – Affiliated Professor, Tisch
  192. Sarah Waterbury – Staff, Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute
  193. Barbara Weinstein – Silver Professor of History
  194. E. Frances White – Professor, Gallatin and Social Cultural Analysis
  195. Rae C Wright – Full Adjunct Professor, Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
  196. Marilyn B. Young – Professor of History
  197. Edward Ziter – Associate Professor, Drama
  198. Angela Zito – Associate Professor of Anthropology, Religious Studies; Co-director of the Center for Religion and Media
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12 responses to “Letter

    • Oppression and injustice can never be justified. In addition, they are the cause of violence and war.

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