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Rahim Kurwa


Dialogue in the Service of Power: UC Leadership's Anti-Divestment Strategy

As the divestment movement within the University of California (UC) system continues to grow, administrators and presidents have repeatedly issued condemnations and denunciations of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. Such moves might be the result of pressure from anti-Palestinian groups or perhaps as a way to forestall making the university's administration accountable to student demands. Regardless, this position is familiar to many of us. To those that ...

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Why Students in Solidarity with Palestine Should Not Join The Olive Tree Initiative

[Logo of the Olive Tree Initiative.]

The Olive Tree Initiative (OTI) calls itself a “conflict analysis” project. Started in 2007 at the University of California Irvine, it is now present at multiple UC campuses. OTI is often referred to as a “dialogue project,” and its mission statement reads as follows: The mission of the Olive Tree Initiative (OTI) is to promote conflict analysis and resolution through Experiential Education by providing students and community with the education, training, and ...

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Rahim Kurwa


Rahim Kurwa is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California Los Angeles. He is also an active member of Students for Justice in Palestine.