University of Cambridge student societies have demanded that authorities cut ties with Caterpillar Inc. and BAE Systems, claiming that the partnership makes the university âcomplicit in war crimesâ.
The statement, released yesterday in the name of dozens of university and college groups, begins by noting the recent killing of Palestinian protesters in the occupied Gaza Strip by Israeli forces, in the context of the âGreat March of Returnâ.
âAs highlighted by Human Rights Watch,â the students note, âCaterpillar Inc. supplies the militarised D9 bulldozers used by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to demolish thousands of Palestinian homes, making way for Jewish-only settlements.â
Meanwhile, the statement continues, âBAE Systems is central to British arms sales to Saudi Arabia, supplying the regime with the Tornado and Typhoon fighter jets which are used to indiscriminately bomb civilians in Yemen, flattening schools and hospitals, and destroying families.â
According to the students, âthe University of Cambridge maintains a close relationship with both BAE Systems and Caterpillar Inc. through the âCambridge Service Allianceââ, an initiative dubbed âa unique global alliance between leading businesses and universitiesâ.
âWe demand that the University of Cambridge honour its ethical responsibilities by immediately terminating the participation of Caterpillar Inc. and BAE Systems in the Cambridge Service Alliance,â the student groups stated, âand cease all institutional links with both companies until they end their role in such terrible violations of international law.â