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Loyola University Students Launch Petition to Veto Israel Divestment Bill

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The Loyola University logo. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Pro-Israel students at Chicago’s Loyola University are mobilizing a response to the Students for Justice in Palestine-sponsored Israel divestment resolution passed by the school’s student government this week.

The resolution, which passed 26-0 with two abstentions March 18, urges the university administration “to withdraw investments from eight corporations complicit in Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, including Caterpillar, SodaStream, Veolia, and Hewlett-Packard.”

Drawing on the support from the Jewish United Fund’s Israel Education Center and Metro Chicago Hillel, pro-Israel Loyola students launched a petition that urges the student government president to veto the divestment resolution.

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According to the Metro Chicago Hillel, the president of Loyola’s student government has invited pro-Israel students to present their position at the next student government meeting on March 25.

Meanwhile, Loyola University officials have distanced themselves from the student-led resolution, stating, “Loyola University Chicago has NOT adopted a resolution calling for the University to withdraw or refrain from investing in certain companies providing products and services in Israel… This is not the position of Loyola University Chicago and we will not adopt this proposal.”

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