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Israel Divestment Votes at California Schools Garner Mixed Results

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The seal of San Diego State University, whose student government voted down an Israel divestment resolution 16-3. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgResolutions to divest from Israel were resoundingly defeated in votes by the student governments of two California state schools, but a divestment measure was passed at one school, following marathon debates that lasted into the early hours of Thursday morning.

On Wednesday night, a divestment resolution against companies doing business in Israel was defeated by a vote of 16-3 with three abstentions at San Diego State University. Early on Thursday morning, after nearly eight hours of debate, a similar divestment resolution was defeated 16-8 at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

But the student government at nearby University of California, Riverside narrowly voted in favor of an Israel divestment resolution, 8-7, following another long debate that ended at 2 a.m.

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In a statement, the pro-Israel group StandWithUs praised students on all three campuses who “worked hard to inform their governments about the misinformation and underlying malicious intent” of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, which “seeks to delegitimize and demonize the world’s only Jewish state and the only democracy in the Middle East.”

“We are heartened to see that the student governments were not misled by this deceptive campaign and voted responsibly,” StandWithUs said.

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