“BDS was only able to pass this time because the system was manipulated in the senate after ISG was stacked with anti-Israel students”
The campus left has become so predictable. What do resolutions such as these actually accomplish?
The College Fix reports:
University of Illinois student government approves anti-Israel, anti-ICE resolution
Backed by half the student senate’s leadership committee, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s student government approved a resolution demanding divestment from companies that serve Israel and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Jewish News Syndicate reports that it names companies including Elbit Systems, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon. They are complicit in “the confiscation and destruction of Palestinian lands, criminalization of immigrants and communities of color, and other human rights violations,” making the university “complicit.”
The early Thursday morning vote, after six hours of deliberation, was 20 in favor and nine against, with seven abstentions. The report says an amendment to remove all references to Israel failed 11-22-6. It’s not clear how many times the resolution mentions Israel, as JNS did not post the copy it obtained.
Student leaders who endorsed the resolution include government affairs chair Kirsten Peterson, internal affairs chair Katrina Rbeiz, campus affairs chair Alexis Perezchica, financial affairs chair Jessica Tiggelaar and sustainability chair Bugra Sahin.
There’s also an administration connection: intercollegiate athletics staffer Shelby Sears endorsed the resolution.
Critics of the resolution noted that the student body itself, rather than the student government, had twice rejected boycott, divestment and sanctions resolutions in recent years.
“BDS was only able to pass this time because the system was manipulated in the senate after ISG was stacked with anti-Israel students,” Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel, co-director of Chabad at UIUC, told JNS. “We know this vote does not represent the values and beliefs of students and faculty at the University of Illinois.”
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