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College protesters are advocating for their institutions to cut ties with Israel. Here is an explanation of what that entails.

Protests on college campuses across the US are calling for universities to divest from all financial support of Israel by selling shares in companies doing business with Israel. Students hope to pressure companies in Israel to stop what they view as hostile operations. Columbia University has facing such calls since 2002, with protests led by students like Mahmoud Khalil. However, the mechanics of divestment pose challenges, as investments are often held indirectly through mutual funds or ETFs. Despite these challenges, students at Columbia and other universities continue to push for divestment, with debates on the efficacy of this strategy ongoing.


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