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Last week Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) made public their goal for Cornell to divest, boycott, and sanction Israel. President Martha Pollack has responded.

You can thank President Pollack publicly at https://www.facebook.com/Cornell/ and privately at [email protected].

Dear Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine,

Thank you for your letter and for sharing your thoughts regarding the BDS movement. While I appreciate your dedication to the issues that are outlined in your letter, I must reject your call for BDS-related divestment.

Cornell is an educational institution, and its primary purpose is to further the education of students, and the general public, through our teaching, research and engagement mission. Cornell is not primarily an agent to direct social or political action, but rather a neutral forum for analysis, debate and the search for truth. Similarly, the principal purpose of our endowment is to provide income for advancing our mission-related objectives and must not be viewed as a means of exercising political or social power.

Given that your letter shares your broader perspective on the BDS movement, I must also take this opportunity to share mine, which is a strong opposition to BDS. BDS unfairly singles out one country in the world for sanction when there are many countries around the world whose governments’ policies may be viewed as controversial. Moreover, it places all of the responsibility for an extraordinarily complex geopolitical situation on just one country and frequently conflates the policies of the Israeli government with the very right of Israel to exist as a nation, which I find particularly troublesome. And, although not mentioned in your petition, the BDS movement, consistent with its name, calls for boycott, including academic boycott, which is at odds with Cornell’s core commitment to academic freedom and the open exchange of ideas. Since its founding, Cornell has cultivated countless academic collaborations abroad, relationships that we encourage even in countries that have governments with which some faculty, students, and alumni have significant disagreements. These partnerships have supported our teaching, research and engagement mission and have resulted in outcomes that have benefitted the people of many countries, including our own.

This is a challenging time in history, with our university and the country confronting difficult matters of race, religion and politics, to name just a few, that could easily divide us. Here at Cornell, I am heartened to see an honest commitment to the hard work of respectful dialogue and mutual understanding that can help us to overcome differences and to find a way forward. I hope that instead of polarizing calls for divestment, the community can engage in productive discourse around paths forward in the Middle East, drawing on the kind of thoughtful analysis that defines us as a university. The high ideals of our students, faculty and staff are an inspiration, and I am hopeful that our nation and our university will both emerge stronger as a result.

Thank you again for reaching out to me.


Martha E. Pollack


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interesting statistics......despite the decline the market is expected to pick up. Fed did not raise rates this month which will encourage buyers.

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...Virtually every state attracts business from foreign buyers, and California is the second behind Florida. Arizona, Texas, and New York round out the top five. The major sources of purchasers come from Canada, China, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Foreign buyers, both residents and non-residents, snapped up $68.2 billion worth of homes nationwide during 2013 accounting for 6.3 percent of existing home sales valued at about
$1 trillion.
Sixty-nine percent of international buyers paid all cash, compared to 27 percent of traditional buyers.
More than other nations, foreign buyers see U.S. real estate as a "safe" investment, a reliable haven to place their money. International buyers say they are drawn to U.S. real estate because of its stable government and financial systems.
The bulk of international purchases are single family homes that are obtained for residential purposes.... Realtor Report May/June 2014

Dianne Handmaker has just completed the National Association of Realtor's comprehensive Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation and is skilled in negotiating transactions involving foreign investors and the additional challenges of transactions involving foreign traditions and practices regarding home ownership.



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