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Cal State, East Bay student govt unanimously passes BDS resolution

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Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI) Board of Directors of California State University, East Bay voted unanimously in favor of a resolution in support of divestment from corporations that profit from the occupation of Palestine.

The resolution, which was authored and introduced by a coalition of diverse student organizations and individuals at CSU East Bay, spearheaded by the Muslim Student Association, calls upon the university’s trustees to review their investments and divest from any companies found to be complicit in the violation of international law. Some corporations were specifically mentioned, such as Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, G4S, and Motorola Solutions, for being directly involved in allowing the Israeli government to maintain and enforce the occupation and construct Jewish-only settlements, walls and barriers, and checkpoints.

Under international law, Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories, which include the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, is illegal and inhumane. The occupation restricts the movement and freedom of Palestinians in these territories, and monitors and controls Palestinian lives and livelihoods as well as removing them from the lands they live on through the use of the separation barrier, checkpoints, and Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank which are also considered illegal under international law, as well as a military blockade surrounding the Gaza Strip. The corporations named in the divestment resolution each contribute to and enable the military occupation by providing materials, equipment, and services. The resolution cited the ASI Board of Directors’ mission to effectively and responsibly represent its diverse student population and promote student welfare, as the occupation of Palestinian territory directly affects students of the university, many of whom have family living in the occupied areas and who are affected by its dangerous and inhumane nature.

Calls for divestment from corporations complicit in the illegal occupation have been common across the United States over the past several years, and join other non-violent forms of resistance to the occupation that were called upon by Palestinian civil society in 2005. The vote in favor of the resolution by the ASI Board of Directors today follows other such votes on university campuses across the nation, including other CSU schools San Jose State University and CSU Long Beach, paving the way for a potential future such decision by the trustees of the California State University System.

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  1. Blaine Coleman
    June 5, 2018, 10:29 pm

    A wonderful example for every campus.
    The slaughter of Gaza has pushed a Boycott-Israel resolution into a U.S. city council. Here is the video from the June 4th Ann Arbor City Council meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCnXBuwIMYM

  2. echinococcus
    June 6, 2018, 12:43 am

    Important: it looks as if finally a little victory had happened. A soccer match between Azrael and Argentina (technical description “friendly”) seems to have been, or in the process of being, cancelled after the venue was moved to Jerusalem/Quds. The Palestinian soccer Federation looks like it does play hardball.

    At least according to this:
    https://www.rt.com/sport/428839-match-argentine-israel-cancelled-messi/

  3. Marnie
    June 6, 2018, 8:24 am

    Great news!

  4. Misterioso
    June 6, 2018, 10:30 am

    Also:

    “Argentina Cancels Jerusalem Soccer Match With Israel Following Palestinian Pressure”

    “Palestinian soccer official urged Argentina to call off the match after it was moved to Jerusalem.”

    By Uzi Dann, Noa Landau, Jonathan Lis and Reuters Jun 06/18

    EXCERPT:
    “In a letter on May 28, Palestine Football Association chief Jibril Rajoub urged the Argentine Football Association to call off the game after it was moved to Jerusalem from Haifa following ‘political pressure’ by the Israeli government. Rajoub specifically mentioned Culture Minister Miri Regev.

    “‘This is a decision that, given the current context, the Palestine Football Association utterly rejects and condemns,’ Rajoub wrote, adding that Israel was trying to use the match to help celebrate its 70th birthday.

    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Argentine President Mauricio Macri late Tuesday, at Regev’s request, in an attempt to prevent the cancellation. But in a follow-up conversation, Macri told Netanyahu that he could not influence the final decision, sources close to the prime minister said.”

    • Kay24
      June 6, 2018, 1:25 pm

      Another article on the same subject:

      “Striker Gonzalo Higuain said they had “finally done the right thing”.

      But Israel’s defence minister said it was “too bad” Argentina’s footballers did not “withstand the pressure of the Israeli-hating inciters”.

      “We will not yield before a pack of anti-Semitic terrorist supporters,” Avigdor Lieberman tweeted.”

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-middle-east-44378669

      Isn’t it strange, Israel massacres civilians, many shot at the back, and expects the world to love them. Israel’s brutal attack on unarmed civilians incites hate around the world. No one loves vicious killers of civilians. Hating killers does not make anyone anti-semitism. How they twist words, and try to blame the victims, again.

  5. Citizen
    June 6, 2018, 3:55 pm

    What Patrick Little’s Defeat Means: Over 53,632 people in CALIFORNIA (with 90% of precincts reporting) voted for an openly National Socialist, brazenly WN candidate who had all the PTB against him: https://theroperreportsite.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/what-patrick-littles-defeat-means/ via @wordpressdotcom

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