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What it truly means for colleges to divest from Israel as desired by some students

College endowments are now a key focus of campus protests, with students demanding schools divest from Israel, citing financial support for the war in Gaza. The push for divestment raises questions on its effectiveness for change. Endowments are complex funds with specific goals funded by donors. Transparency in investments is lacking, especially with alternative investments. Only one college has agreed to divest from Israel, while others have committed to disclose investments. Experts debate the impact of divestment, with past efforts showing mixed results. Endowments continue to grow, with $840 billion in assets managed by 700 college endowments.


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