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Medford, MA - Massachusetts University Student Senate Passes Israel Divestment Resolution

Published on: April 10, 2017 11:45 AM
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Medford, MA - The Tufts University student senate passed a resolution calling on the university to divest from four companies that do business with Israel.

The resolution, titled “A Resolution Calling for Tufts University to End Investments in The Israeli Occupation,” passed the Tufts Community Union Senate on Sunday night by a vote of 17 in favor and six opposed, with eight abstentions. More than 100 students attended the senate debate prior to the vote, according to the Tufts Daily student newspaper.

The resolution calls for the university to divest from or not begin investing in Elbit Systems, G4S, Northrop Grumman and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and to screen its investments for human rights compliance. It is unclear whether Tufts currently invests in those four companies.

The symbolic resolution is not binding on the university.

Students associated with the Students for Justice in Palestine group put forth the resolution last week. Some students during the question-and-answer period of Sunday’s Senate meeting expressed concern that holding the vote the day before the start of the Passover holiday prevented Jewish students who went home for the holiday from expressing their opinions, according to the Tufts Daily.

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Tufts Hillel Executive Director Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, who is also a research professor at the university, told the Algemeiner Journal on Sunday that Hillel was working to combat the resolution.

“The Hillel Jewish community is deeply disturbed by this vote, and by the way the resolution was brought so close to Pesach, at a time when many of our students are home with their families readying themselves for the holiday,” Summit told the Algemeiner.

Several other student governments at colleges and universities have passed similar resolution. They include Stanford, the University of Chicago, Northwestern, Oberlin, Vassar, Wesleyan University, and a number in in the University of California network — Los Angeles, Berkeley, Irvine, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Cruz and Davis.



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 Apr 10, 2017 at 12:18 PM ChachoMoe Says:

This again indicates how extreme the left has gone. These students have no clue about anything Israel but what is being fed to them by the leftist agenda.

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 Apr 10, 2017 at 01:09 PM abilenetx Says:

too bad these people don't know what Israel is really into, for if they want to stop using Israeli or divest, they have to give up their computers, Iphones, televisions, etc. because many of the Israeli computer information is part of what they use every day. Also the some west coast areas of the US has desalination systems so some have to give up water, also there are areas in the US grow food like Israel because it is dry and desert conditions, etc. for that they will have to find out and stop investing and eating those foods. There are medical practices, medicines, surgeries, etc. that has some Israeli information in that also have to divest from those areas too. I think they should do research instead of being stupid and hate before they vote on anything, for maybe some thing of Israel did saved their life.

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 Apr 10, 2017 at 01:38 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

this is great, maybe all those liberal Jewish donors to this cesspoll like Brooklyn College will stop donating or not because of so called academic freedom. liberalism is the cause of all problems.

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 Apr 10, 2017 at 04:05 PM Reb Yid Says:

Well they certainly look a bunch of fine, non-slimy, clean, unbiased individuals.

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