In an attempt to dodge our arguments that Minnesota’s investments in Israel Bonds violate state and international law, the SBI filed a motion to dismiss our complaint based on an alleged lack of jurisdiction and failure to state a claim. This motion will be heard on March 5, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the Ramsey County Courthouse (Click here http://bit.ly/Aa8f3A for directions). We need to pack the courtroom so that Judge Marrinan can see the level of support we have in stopping Minnesota from continuing to fund apartheid!
At the hearing, the judge and the audience will listen to arguments from the Minnesota Attorney General's Office representing the State Board of Investment (SBI) and it will hear counter arguments from lawyers representing the co-plaintiffs who are asking the court to order the SBI to divest from Israel Bonds. Once the arguments are completed the court will decide whether to permit the case to go forward. The judge has ninety days to issue a ruling . Since the case involves a public official making a decision regarding Israel/Palestine, it is highly likely that the case will ultimately be decided in the appellate court. Throughout this process we invite you join us in recalling this observation from Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible - until it's done."