UC Irvine rejects student senate resolution to divest from Israel

Click photo to download. Caption: An IDF Caterpillar D9 bulldozer. The University of California, Irvine student senate resolved to divest from Caterpillar and seven other companies doing business with Israel. Credit: MathKnight.

(JNS.org) The University of California, Irvine (UCI) rejected a non-binding resolution passed by the school’s student senate that had asked the school to divest from eight companies doing business with Israel and accused the Jewish state of “apartheid.”

“Such divestment is not the policy of the campus, nor is it the policy of the University of California,” UCI said in a statement Nov. 14. “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.” 

Associated Students-UC Irvine (ASUCI) voted 16-0 on Nov. 13 to request divestment from Caterpillar, Cement Roadstones Holding, Cemex, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Raytheon, Sodastream, and L-3 Communications, according to the resolution. ASUCI—using language resembling that of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement—said those companies “have promoted and been complicit” in “ongoing human rights violations systematically committed by the Israeli government.”

Roz Rothstein, CEO of the pro-Israel education group StandWithUs, told JNS.org that the resolution was “extremely disappointing and divisive to the students on campus.”

UCI said, “In the spirit and practice of active engagement with all peoples of that region, UCI has been extremely pleased with recent global collaboration between leaders and researchers here and those at top universities around the world, including Israel.”

Posted on November 13, 2012 .