Israel divestment resolution overturned at UC Davis

The UC Davis seal. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( An Israel divestment resolution passed at University of California, Davis (UC Davis) last month was overturned Thursday by a student court on the grounds that the measure was not sufficiently related to student welfare.

The Court of Associated Students, in a 5-0 vote with one abstention, found the passage of the divestment resolution by school’s student senate to be in violation of the UC Davis student government constitution. According to the student court, the resolution was “primarily a political document” that “did not deal with student welfare to the extent that allowed the ASUCD (Associated Students of the University of California, Davis) Senate jurisdiction to pass.” 

The student senate is “free to pass resolutions concerning ‘divestment’ as long as the “focus and primary purpose is with the student welfare and not a political one,” the court added.

“Great job to UC Davis students for seeing the light—that BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) is a narrow-minded agenda to target only the Jewish state,” the California-headquartered Israel education group StandWithUs said on Facebook.

Following the passage of the Israel divestment resolution at UC Davis last month, two large swastikas were found spray-painted on the fraternity house of the school’s Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter.

Posted on February 19, 2015 .