Israel divestment overturned at U.K.’s King’s College, defeated in New Mexico

The crest of King's College. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The student union of King’s College, a constituent college of the University of London, on April 1 overturned an Israel divestment resolution that had passed last week, Britain’s Jewish News reported.

Initially passed in a 348-252 vote, the resolution called on King’s College to “divest from Israel and from companies directly or indirectly supporting the Israeli occupation and apartheid policies.” But the university student body said in a statement that after “careful consideration and taking into account legal advice… we will not promote the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement through the union.”

Only two percent of the student body at King’s College had participated in the initial vote that passed the resolution on March 25.

Additionally, an Israel divestment resolution was defeated April 2 in a 12-7 vote (with one abstention) in the University of New Mexico student government. The resolution failed despite the introduction of a watered-down amended version by the anti-Israel group Students for Justice in Palestine.

“These results show that when student senators are informed, they see through the undemocratic tactics and false reasoning and facts of the anti-Israel BDS movement,” said Roz Rothstein, CEO of the pro-Israel education group StandWithUs.

Posted on April 2, 2014 .