U.K.’s King’s College passes Israel divestment resolution

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(JNS.org) The United Kingdom-based King’s College London Students Union (KCLSU) passed a resolution to endorse the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement against Israel.

The resolution, which passed 348-252, calls on King’s College to “divest from Israel and from companies directly or indirectly supporting the Israeli occupation and apartheid policies.”

“This is the latest petty assault on Israel and its supporters on campus. We will fight no end to overturn and ultimately defeat this divisive and one-sided motion,” said Jonathan Hunter, U.K. Campus Director for the pro-Israel education group StandWithUs.

A StandWithUs spokesperson told JNS.org that the KCLSU trustees are likely to veto the resolution.

Following the resolution, King’s College distanced itself from the student-led resolution, saying the student union is “constitutionally separate from, and independent of, King’s College London.”

The move at King’s College is just the latest in a spate of recent Israel divestment resolutions being hotly debated on college campuses. Earlier on Wednesday, the University of Michigan’s student government voted down a divestment resolution 25-9, with two abstentions, after the resolution was initially tabled a week earlier. Meanwhile, Chicago’s Loyola University passed an Israel divestment measure on Tuesday night in a 12-10 vote with nine abstentions. 

Posted on March 26, 2014 .