UCLA Student Council Defeats Anti-Israel Divestment Resolution (VIDEO)
The Student Council of the University of California Los Angeles late Tuesday defeated a resolution that proposed divesting school assets from Israel.
The 7-5 vote to defeat the resolution came after an all-night session where student alumnus Ben Shapiro made Israel’s case. The deliberations were broadcast online and the vote was trending on Twitter overnight.
The Legal Insurrection blog of Cornell law professor William Jacobson described the vote as a “huge defeat” for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement on campus. Jacobson wrote that divestment resolutions were also recently overturned at UC-Riverside and defeated at UC-Santa Barbara. “I can’t say whether this is a national trend, but it does signify that pro-Israel students now are more organized than in the past,” Jacobson wrote.
In a screenshot from the UCLA Student Council meeting posted by the blog, a student, sitting behind an open laptop, is shown crying and screaming after the resolution she had supported was defeated. She said that she’s never been so disappointed and that “we just f***ing blew it,” the blog reported.
Watch the UCLA Student Council Deliberations on the Anti-Israel resolution below: