Over 200 NYU faculty and staff have signed a letter calling on TIAA-CREF,
the pension provider for the university to divest from Caterpillar,
Elbit Systems, Motorola, Veolia, and Northrop Grumman and other firms
that profit from Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories.

The letter was drafted by NYU Students for Justice in Palestine. It
describes Caterpillar’s role in home demolitions; Elbit’s manufacture
of drones used in extra-judicial killings; Motorola’s role in is equipping
aparteheid wall checkpoints; Veolia’s involvement in the settlement
servicing light rail; and Northrop Grumman’s supply of weapons used
in the Cast Lead assault on Gaza.

The signatories include many senior professors of the University. Natable
among them is Craig Calhoun, President of the US Social Science Research
Council, who will be Director of eh London School of Economics from
September.