Thursday, April 18, 2013

The UC Berkeley student government just voted for divestment against the Israeli military:

Exactly 10 years after the Wayne State University Student Council began the campus movement for total divestment against Israel ( )--

--the UC Berkeley student government has just voted for divestment against the Israeli military:


"ASUC Senate passes divestment bill SB 160 11-9"

Daily Californian (University of California at Berkeley)
April 18, 2013

"In a dramatic vote that was emotional for all sides, the ASUC Senate voted 11-9 to divest from companies affiliated with Israel’s military early Thursday morning.

"The heated debate began Wednesday evening and carried on for 10 hours, continuing into Thursday. Anna Head Alumnae Hall overflowed with hundreds of UC Berkeley students, faculty and community members engaging in a contentious debate regarding the bill, SB 160.

"SB 160, authored by Student Action Senator George Kadifa, calls the UC system a 'complicit third party” in Israel’s “illegal occupation and ensuing human rights abuses' and seeks the divestment of more than $14 million in ASUC and UC assets from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Cement Roadstone Holdings. According to the bill, these companies provide equipment, materials and technology to the Israeli military, including bulldozers and biometric identification systems.

"The final vote, which occurred just before 5:30 a.m., was met with cheering, stomping and cries of joy by supporters of the bill.

"Independent Senator and bill co-sponsor Sadia Saifuddin said she saw the vote as the culmination of years of struggle..."



"After all-night debate, Berkeley student senate calls on university to divest from 3 companies profiting from occupation"

Mondoweiss, April 18, 2013

"Huge news. A victory for the BDS movement, in Berkeley, at 8:30 a.m. today EST...

"...Today, congratulations poured in from around the world..."



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