[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.

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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