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March 20, 2014 12:27 am

Israel Divestment Passed by Students at Chicago’s Loyola University, Tabled in Arizona and Michigan

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JNS.orgThe student government at Chicago’s Loyola University passed an Israel divestment resolution on Tuesday night.

Student governments at Arizona State University and the University of Michigan, meanwhile, tabled Israel divestment resolutions indefinitely on Tuesday, according to the pro-Israel education group StandWithUs.

The Loyola resolution, which passed 26-0 with two abstentions, 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,” according to the anti-Israel website “Sixteen Minutes to Palestine.” A video posted on Facebook by the group “Chicago Divests” shows the passage of the divestment resolution to the applause of the students.

Brett Cohen, a Loyola University alumnus and National Campus Program Director with StandWithUs, told JNS.org that the divestment resolution was introduced suddenly “using undemocratic tactics and no debate or opposition.”

“Students for Justice in Palestine introduced the bill without warning at the meeting, precisely to prevent debate. The BDS movement often relies on these unseemly political maneuvers to force through their agenda, which shows that they are afraid to debate this issue on its merits,” he said.

Cohen added, “The student government was hoodwinked by a movement which is openly against coexistence and a two state solution, and seeks the destruction of Israel.”

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  • The suffering of the Palestinians needs to be alleviated. Their land was usurped via a U.N. resolution. The BDS movement is the peaceful means by which their dispossession of land, the demolition of homes, their being killed by sniper fire, their daily “check-point” humiliation can be publicized and stopped, I hope. “Roads for-Jews-only” defies equality for all and is contrary to U.S. values, yet is paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Describing BDS as anti-Israel is hyperbole for the purpose of avoiding the truth of Palestinian suffering.

  • Catherine Huston

    Thank you, Loyola, for taking this Leadership Role in BDS within Catholic Universities. No doubt, many will follow suit.
    Education around divestment and why this non-violent action is so powerful at this moment in time captures the imagination and commitment of Millenials.

    Let the Palestinian stories be heard!

  • Talia


    This is a petition you can sign which is against the USGA vote for SJP divestment. Please sign it and pass it along!!

  • Paul Cerar

    I predict the fascists who passed this “resolution” will use it as a false claim of authority, to engage in fascism in their own country, against their fellow Americans.

    Paul Cerar
    Toronto, Canada

  • Alex

    BDS use the same tactics as their historical soulmates.
    Loyola’s lucky that they didn’t burn the student government building to the ground and pronounce that one of their number was now chancellor of the University

  • Emanuel

    How disgusting. As a private school they should have more respect for their Jewish students and alums BDS relies on lies and intimidation and spreads hate. Loyola diploma = toilet paper.

  • mika

    This racist action is not only immoral, it is also clearly illegal. The University should be taken to task for tolerating such racism.