"After hard-fought battle, students celebrate divestment vote victory at UC San Diego"
by Ali Abunimah
Published in ELECTRONIC INTIFADA (Chicago, Illinois)
03/14/2013 - 19:32
After a hard fought battle, Students for Justice in Palestine at University
of California, San Diego (UCSD) claimed a major victory last night when the
Associated Student Council passed a resolution calling for divestment from
companies profiting from Israeli occupation.
The result – 20 in favor, 12 against and 1 abstention – was announced to
loud cheers, the video above shows.
proposed by Students for Justice in Palestine, is similar to recent resolutions
passed at UC
Irvine and UC
Riverside and names Boeing, General Dynamics Corporation, Hewlett Packard,
Ingersoll-Rand and Raytheon among other companies that “profit from Israel’s
military occupation and violence against Palestinians in violation of
international law and human rights.”
The vote is not binding on the university, but is another indicator of
growing support for divestment among students, which is why Zionist groups have
vigorously opposed such resolutions whenever they have been proposed and have
supported draconian measures to suppress
student activism at the University of
California and other campuses.
The issue has been hotly contested at UCSD; last week, the Council postponed
a vote on the divestment resolution that was due to take place after a marathon
eight-hour debate in a packed auditorium.
Echoing false and inflammatory claims that have been made by opponents of
divestment, UCSD senior Mikhail
Imanovich had told the Council, “This marginalizes the Jewish students on
campus and makes them feel unsafe and unwanted.”
The divestment resolution victory dealt a defeat to campus group Tritons for
Israel that had organized opposition to divestment claiming it would be
Members of Students for Justice in Palestine refuted
such accusations in the campus newspaper, arguing that, “All political
issues are divisive. But already, UCSD is taking a side on this issue by having
money invested in companies that are integral to maintaining the Israeli
occupation. That is divisive.”
Zionist organizations had
even marshaled the support of two members of Congress who wrote to the
student councillors to urge a vote against the resolution.
It would seem that the arguments in favor of divestment won out against