By Bill Sorem
The Break the Bonds Campaign gathered about 80 protesters in the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda in St. Paul on Wednesday, March 30. The assembled group represented about half the legislative senate districts in the state. They gathered for a rally before talking to legislators about divesting from Israeli bonds. Minnesota’s investment board currently holds about $18.4 million is Israeli bonds.
Break the Bonds Campaign includes Palestinians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, students, professionals, parents, community members and allies working together to bring Palestine-centric education to Minnesota in order to promote justice and human rights. They are committed to non-violent actions including divestment. sanctions and boycott of Israeli goods.
The Minnesota Break The Bonds Campaign was founded about two years ago to bring attention to Israel-Palestine issues and to further the belief that, “We, the people of Minnesota, have the moral obligation to make sound investments that will not aid the oppression of any one race, creed or people. Minnesota’s investment in Israel supports an apartheid system in both Israel and the Occupied Territories that causes thousands of civilian deaths, many of whom are children, and which involves the widespread abuse of human rights. This system defies a ruling by the International Court of Justice as well as more than 65 UN Resolutions, and violates the Fourth Geneva Convention. We demand that the state of Minnesota act on its good conscience and support the breaking of economic ties with the apartheid state of Israel.”