Narrowly defeated, but anti-Israel activists likely to try again.
The Stanford University Undergraduate Student Senate avoided that fate by failing to pass an Anti-Israel Resolution heavily promoted, including by dozens of Stanford pro-BDS professors to influence the outcome. As now seems to be a common tactic, the #BlackLivesMatters leadership was recruited to help with the effort.
There was a Petition and some very good dissections of the Resolution by opposition students. One analysis indicated it wasn’t even clear that Stanford invested in the companies from which divestment was sought, The Hidden Agenda Behind SOOP’s False Divestment Claims.
The vote was close — the boycotters needed a 2/3 majority, but fell just short.
But a fail is a fail, and this at least gives pro-Israel, pro-peace students some time to regroup and reconsider how to fight this scourge. Multiple student Senate members who voted for divestment claimed in speeches that they did it for love of Israel, as if it was their job to know better what is good for Israelis than Israelis.
When the vote was announced, there was a chorus of cheers, followed by someone (not sure if faculty, administrator or student) asking people to just get along, followed by shouts from an angry member of the crowd:
“Stop killing Arabs overseas, you Americans spending dollars every year with taxes, killing Arabs”
(full 4 hour video of live feed here).
As is usual when BDS loses a vote, they act like it was a victory. There is a historical irony in that.
— Nora BarrowsFriedman (@norabf) February 11, 2015
#StanfordDivest Just incredibly proud of the students. They went on even when they knew they probably would lose. They did. By 1.
— David Palumbo-Liu (@palumboliu) February 11, 2015
Senators are yielding their speaking time to Palestinian students. This is beautiful. This is solidarity. #StanfordDivest
— Kristian D Bailey (@kristianbailey) February 11, 2015
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