[UPDATED with ASUCI Supporting Divestment:] UCI Student Panel Calls for Divesting from Firms Aiding Israeli "Apartheid"

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See Update No. 3 at the end of page 3 of this post on leaders of UCI's Associated Students signing the resolution urging the university to divest from named companies for human rights abuses in Palestine.

See Update Nos. 1-2 on ASUCI's legislative council unanimously passing the resolution urging divestment, and
UCI's administration refusing the call to divest.

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ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 13, 4:26 P.M.: This evening, bitter feelings fill Woods Cove Hall in the UC Irvine Student Center as opponents of Israeli government policy rile up supporters of Israeli government policy with a "historic resolution."

While others "study" at Anthill Pub, the student government's legislative council will be presented the non-binding resolution calling on UCI's administration "to divest from companies that profit from the apartheid and occupation in Palestine by the Israeli government."

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That would be historic, resolution proponents say, because if the administrative eventually bites it would make UCI the first California campus to adopt such legislation.

Click here for the Request for Action by the Legislative Council.

Whether its "Israel Genocide Week," counterprotests by Zionists or, perhaps most famously, the so-called "Irvine 11" misdemeanor criminal case successfully brought by the Orange County District Attorney's office against students who interrupted a speech by Israel's ambassador to the U.S., the campus has a growing reputation for being, uh, ground zero for clashes concerning Palestine.

OC Weekly Irvine 11 archives

Which is a way of warning you there could be fireworks when the legislative council of the Associated Students of UCI meet at 5 p.m. Observers believe the resolution will be dealt with some time between 6-7 p.m.

UPDATE NO. 1, NOV. 14, 8:59 A.M.: The legislative council of the Associated Students of UCI voted 16-0, with no abstentions, to favor the resolution calling for university divestment from Caterpillar, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Raytheon and other companies "profiting from human rights violations in the occupied territories," according to a statement from Irvine Divest.

The non-binding resolution next goes before the student government's executive board, which would have to approve it before passing it along to an administration that, with passage, would become the first California campus pushing for divestment from companies doing business with Israel.

"I am very proud of my fellow council members and of the students at our university," Sabreen Shalabi, the student representative on the legislative council for the school of social science and co-author of the legislation, says in the release. "Our work today stands tall in the noble tradition of students advocating for justice, joining the ranks of those brave and visionary students who demanded that our universities divest from the terrible crimes of South African apartheid."

"The decision made by ASUCI's legislative Council tonight clearly shows the strength and integrity of students utilizing their collective power to protect human rights on a global scale," adds Traci Ishigo, ASUCI president, "and I stand firmly by the students who believe it is their responsibility to have a voice on matters that urge the UC to be an institution that treasures human dignity."

Roz Rothstein, CEO of the pro-Israel education group StandWithUs, did not have such a cheery reaction, saying (via The Jewish Week), "This is extremely disappointing and divisive to the students on campus. We sincerely hope that the executive board of the student government will reject this extremist resolution."

The full Irvine Divest statement follows on the next page . . .
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robincook
robincook

Another reason to stop the "FREE" education after 12 grade. 

 

These air heads should work and pay their own way and stop wasting air.

jeffklives
jeffklives

Update:

http://today.uci.edu/news/2012/11/nr_divestment_121114.php

 

The school said no thanks to the student's recommendation. 

 

"Such divestment is not the policy of the campus, nor is it the policy of the University of California. The UC Board of Regents’ policy requires this action only when the U.S. government deems it necessary. No such declaration has been made regarding Israel.

 

So while the students  who voted for this divisive legislation and their friends felt all warm and fuzzy about themselves for singling out companies that work inside Israel and the Palestinian territories for divestment, it was ultimately meaningless.  

 

I hope in the future that students create and vote unanimously on a measure that will bring moderates on both sides together.    This one sided legislation did not do that.   

 

 

jeffklives
jeffklives

Wow.  I was going to write a response but the picture about the nude resort with the woman with nice breasts is really distracting me.   I'll try to continue.

 

This is a bunch of nonsense that does nothing and makes people feel good about themselves for doing nothing. 

 

In no way does this help bring about a resolution the to conflict.   If anything it creates tension between centrist Israeli supporters and moderate Pro-Palestinians.  

 

The divestment movement has long been associated with the one state solution, which means no Israel as the homeland for the Jewish people.  

 

If this resolution wanted to promote peace, it should have included a stance that  we agree with a  two state solution along the lines of the Clinton Parameters.   It does not surprise me that it makes no demands on Hamas or Islamic Jihad or other Palestinian terrorist organizations, not does it clearly call for a two state solution.

 

I doubt the students who weren't SJP or MSU members have much understanding of the conflict.  For example, they probably aren't aware of the many mortar and rockets launched at Israel in the recent days.   Those students don't recognize that Israel does have legitimate security concerns just as Palestinians have legitimate grievances and wish for a Palestinian homeland.

 

 

 

 

 

asimda1
asimda1

Hopefully Israel will the world is telling then to stop bullying and oppressing ie. and not become like the Nazi's, that once tortured them.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Stupid stupid children... I would like to divest the world of Muslim extremists who like to murder civilians and then hide in mosques, schools, and hospitals like the filthy cockroaches they are.

TUESDAY9PM
TUESDAY9PM

why "does" this "writer" write "every other word" in "parenthesis"?

909Jeff
909Jeff

@killian101 some Christians can be really irritating but they don't regularly blow up busses or launch unguided rockets into civilian settlements... There is a distinct difference.

909Jeff
909Jeff

@GustavoArellano @killian101 in our lifetime? Our parents or grandparents lifetime? No one is disputing that some fucked up shit was done in the name of Jesu Christo... A long ass time ago... Dumbass Muslims are killing people today... Targeting civilians today.... Shooting a 13 year old girl in the head for daring to go to school today... Doesn't that speak volumes to you? The Taliban isn't afraid of a soldier with a rifle, but is terrified of a girl with an education? Look at the actions this week... Muslims launch rockets into Gaza/Golan heights specifically targeting civilians... The Israelis respond with a precision attack against a high ranking member of Hamas. But here we are with our "American problems" a bunch of spoiled kids voting on foreign affairs they have no idea about.

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