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February 20, 2015 11:06 am

Israel Divestment Resolution Overturned at UC Davis

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An Israel divestment resolution at the University of California, Davis was overturned by a student court. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – An Israel divestment resolution passed at University of California, Davis (UC Davis) last month was overturned Thursday by a student court on the grounds that the measure was not sufficiently related student welfare.

The Court of Associated Students, in a 5-0 vote with one abstention, found the passage of the divestment resolution by school’s student senate to be in violation of the UC Davis student government constitution. According to the student court, the resolution was “primarily a political document” that “did not deal with student welfare to the extent that allowed the ASUCD (Associated Students of the University of California, Davis) Senate jurisdiction to pass.”

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The student senate is “free to pass resolutions concerning ‘divestment’ as long as the “focus and primary purpose is with the student welfare and not a political one,” the court added.

“Great job to UC Davis students for seeing the light—that BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) is a narrow-minded agenda to target only the Jewish state,” the California-headquartered Israel education group StandWithUs said on Facebook.

Following the passage of the Israel divestment resolution at UC Davis last month, two large swastikas were found spray-painted on the fraternity house of the school’s Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter.

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  • Stuart Katz

    I can only wish that the BDS movement were sincere. Why? because then they would not benefit from the products and critical technology, which the only democracy in the Middle East. The vast number of medical miracles produced in Israel is unknown to the rest of the world, but it is not a stretch to say that millions are alive today, due to the products and procedures developed in Israel. Let the BDS’s Luddites say what they will, but as they sow in hate, they shall reap in sorrow.

    • Christopher Jensen

      Israel can hardly be called a Democratic state with the actions of its people, government, military, and American supporters towards the Palestinian people. Israel is keeping Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza in a perpetual state of oppression through imprisonment of its citizens by locking their little country up beyond any means of forwarding commerce, education, and life as we understand it in the west.
      Your comment is, at best, disingenuous, but this seems to be the permanent experience I have had when dealing with Zionists.

  • victoria brandeis

    WHAT AN AWFUL ARENA TO LEARN IN…..STATE OF THE ART BRAINWASHING…..STATE OF THE ART ANTISEMITISM…..

    WITH THE LACK OF RELIGIOUS PEOPLE IN THE AREA THE ONLY JEWS THERE BEING SECULAR ARE TRULY NOT A COMPETENT OR EFFICIENT GROUP HUMAN BEINGS TO STAND UP TO YOUR GOOD OLD BOY ACTIONS.

    AND IF THAT THERE MAY NOT BE ANY…..WITH ALL THE GENTILE WIVES HANGING OFF THE SLEVES OF ‘JEWISH MEN’…….

    GO TELL OTHER PEOPLE WHO CARE…..TAKE YOUR KIDS OUT OF SCHOOL , MOVE….STOP CRYING……LITTLE BABIES.

  • DocReality

    Please contact the Southern Poverty Law Center and request that Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) be categorized as a “hate group.” Universities do not like on-campus organizations deemed as “hate groups,” and more students will be discouraged from getting involved in this insidious form of anti-Semitism.

    • Christopher Jensen

      It is hardly anti-semitism to point out that which is obvious: Israel is subjugating an entire people, the Palestinians, to take their lands and remove them by force, terror, and imprisonment. As we say in America: ‘The jig is up.’
      Good luck trying to pass that one off as ‘anti-semitism’.

  • June Grant

    So there are some actual thinkers in the University. Hope for us yet.

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    How about Universities adding to their curriculum – Jews and how they destroy the world. It would be interesting to see if such a course can be taught with documentation, data and evidence of an unbiased nature. We have Black studies and women’s studies to teach how wonderful these population groups are. Let us intellectually prove how terrible the Jews are – for example in the fields of Medicine, Technoplogy, Science, Psychology, Law, Morality, Family values. even how those terrible Jews took a very active part in the Civil Rights movement. Maratin LUther King should have been terrified by the Jewish devils who marched along with him and in at least two cases laid down their lives for the cause. Yes tell us about why we should kill JEs or boycott them or even just insult them. They truly are the devil’s spawn unlike the Muslim extremists.

    • Christopher Jensen

      Nobody is saying anything against the ‘jews’ as you have stated. I think the topic here is divestment from a government which is illegally and inhumanely subjugating another group of humans. Hardly extremism to point out wrongs being perpetuated in Gaza and the West Bank.

  • Paul Cerar

    Congratulations to supporters of democracy at the University of California, Davis. Now if only we can “divest” the fascist BDSholes out of the Free World, and deport them to whatever dictatorship would stoop so low as to want them.

    Paul Cerar
    Toronto, Canada

  • Sofia

    Universities are for higher studies for young minds to grasp knowledge and improve the world.

    Most of these young students hardly know what is around them and it is amazing that hatred seems to be the only thing they are learning.

    They should re-start elementary school in most cases, it seems they know nothing of history and the world. Not looking outward but inward, in their dark places.

  • Rick

    If BDS does not win, it will resort to their true personality; total antisemitism as evidenced by the AEPi swastikas.
    Bullying is now politically correct.

  • Robert Davis

    Fake “palestinians” /fake refugees abd real jordanians must be in a fit of rage! Their political mystifications are not working as well presently. For counter pr purposes I will recall here that there are no “palestinians” as of …1948 when the latter became ISRAELIS and Palestine arabs received the jordanian nationality when Jordan occupied the Jewish provinces. These Western Palestine jordanians must be returned to jordan so the area can have peace and arabs who received 21 States at the San Remo and Sevres Treaty along with Palestine to Jews must stop claiming for Palestine too if they do not want to be turned into vapour by nukes very soon.

  • I second that motion

    • ted weiss

      so do i

  • Kudos to these students!! They redeem the honor and trustworthiness that we expect from our next generation of intellectuals. Kudos for minding the charter of their Association and the purpose of the action taken or reversed. If the UN minded their charter, we’d live with a lot less turmoil in the world.

  • Amos

    One down, a bunch more to go. We need a counter chant at events. So whenever BDS people start yelling Allah Akhbar together, trying to intimidate Jews, we have an instant and strong response. I think it should be a strong “Am Yisrael Chai” b’yachad…

  • Steve Loeb

    Now lets use this precedent to overturn every one of these resolutions across the US

    • Christopher Jensen

      Don’t expect it anytime soon. Most Americans don’t even know what a Jew is. Alot of the comments here are very descriptive in what many Jews think of their neighbors and America in general.

  • Emanuel

    I thought intimidating Jewish students was in the schools best interests? Am I wrong? Isn’t bullying and racism what school in the US is all about?

  • David

    Great job! Let’s congratulate the Jewish, Pro-Israel people and educate the students and faculty. We should start a bds of arab products and allies of arabs in retaliation. Tell these people about arab aggression in Europe, Kurdistan and Israel.

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