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The president of Loyola University Chicago’s student government vetoed a resolution that called for the school to divest from corporations complicit in the Israeli occupation. The veto, which came after two votes in favor of divestment, was applauded by Chicago-area Jewish groups.

Pedro Guerrero, the president of the Loyola United Student Government Association (USA), made the announcement yesterday in a letter, writing that “no matter what viewpoint you hold on the larger issue, this resolution caused harm among the student community.”  Guerrero also wrote that the “diversity of thought on campus was not taken into consideration.”

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that the Metro Chicago Hillel and the Jewish United Fund–a group that met with student senators after the initial divestment vote–praised the move. “By affirming the need for USGA to give due consideration to ‘diversity of thought on campus,’ President Guerrero and other USGA Senators, as well as the administration of Loyola University Chicago, have reaffirmed the values-based and inclusive culture that have always made this Jesuit university a welcoming home for Jews and other minority students,” the groups said in a joint statement.

A two-thirds vote in the student government is needed to overturn the veto.  The first divestment vote passed overwhelmingly, with 26 senators voting in favor. But the second divestment vote on Tuesday evening passed with a much narrower margin–12-10 (with nine abstentions).

The Students For Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter slammed the veto in a statement.

“Although President Guerrero caved into pressure and vetoed a resolution that passed twice, we still see this as a victory and a step in the right direction. Many members of the USGA stood on the right side despite intense pressure, intimidation, and harassment,” said SJP chapter president and student senator Nashiha Alam. “There has been a shift in discourse on our campus. People are concerned about tuition money being invested in corporations that commit human rights abuses in Palestine. There is an energy from a diverse range of students, faculty and staff who want to take action. We are winning.”

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  1. Cliff on March 27, 2014, 10:17 am

    Looks the organized American Jewish community is showing it’s true colors: anti-democracy, racist, White Supremacy, etc.

    Pro-Israel students at Chicago’s Loyola University met with the student government president in an effort to overturn a divestment resolution on Israel.
    Representatives of the university’s pro-Israel community and the Jewish United Fund’s Israel Education Center met with Pedro Guerrero of the Loyola United Student Government Association on March 19, a day after the Loyola United Student Government Association voted 26-0 with two abstentions on the divestment measure.

    So basically Jewish groups met with this guy and talked him into vetoing the resolution.

    In spite of the vote, these groups were able to bypass all those pesky opinions of the people who actually go to the school.

    Disgusting. Fucking disgusting.

    • American on March 27, 2014, 11:33 am

      You saved me the trouble of posting that.

      Read President Guerrero’s decision regarding last night’s divestment measure

      I would think that the Pres of the students meeting with an “outside” Jewish group such as the Jewish United Fund would be irregular to say the least.

      Mail Guerrero and ask him how much they paid him or what they promised him for his future career in exchange for his veto:.

      Student Center:
      [email protected]

      • American on March 27, 2014, 11:59 am

        You can also fax President Father Garanzini and tell him the “Jesuits’ aren’t living up to their declared mission.

        Contact Us

        Contact Us By mail:
        Office of the President
        Loyola University Chicago
        820 N. Michigan Avenue
        Chicago, IL 60611

        Contact Us By Phone/Fax:
        Phone: 312.915.6400
        Fax: 312.915.6414

        (evidently they don’t do emails)

      • ritzl on March 27, 2014, 12:06 pm

        Thanks American.

        In response to Guerrero’s three points:

        1) Once again, if divestment is polarizing and unrepresentative, why isn’t investment in the occupation equally polarizing and unrepresentative? A1: It is, but “we” don’t talk about that because the people who are made to feel badly by investment aren’t important. A2: There is no answer to that question that I (Guerrero) as a future leader in the US government am allowed to state.

        2) Official “whataboutery.” Sounds like it was written by some Israel shill group or another. Too close to the standard talking points to be original thought. And again, the current condition “causes harm among the student community.” What about that? See #1, above.

        3) Investment in companies supporting the occupation of Palestine and socially responsible investing are NOT separate issues. Palestine is simply the first instance within a larger effort. Completely consistent. Strike three.

        Standard and #pathetic.

        Someone should tell Guerrero that being a leader is different than running for Congress.

      • John Smithson on March 27, 2014, 1:17 pm

        Email sent.

      • lysias on March 27, 2014, 6:51 pm

        You’re assuming it was a promise. It could just as well have been a threat. (Of course, it could have been both. Carrot and stick.)

      • hophmi on March 28, 2014, 11:33 am

        “I would think that the Pres of the students meeting with an “outside” Jewish group such as the Jewish United Fund would be irregular to say the least.

        Mail Guerrero and ask him how much they paid him or what they promised him for his future career in exchange for his veto.”

        LOL. No, it’s not irregular for a student body president to meet with an outside group on matters like these. You think the BDS students on campus did not use outside groups?

        Yes, please email Guerrero and ask him why he vetoed a resolution that divided his campus to garner 12 out of 29 votes on something the trustees of the school were not going to listen to.

    • Wesley on March 27, 2014, 6:48 pm

      How do you infer from this article that the “organized American Jewish community” is racist or white supremacist?

      • Cliff on March 30, 2014, 3:01 am

        Racist Jews make up the organized American Jewish community (see: hophmi).

        Their aim is to criminalize Palestinian agency and Arab/Muslim community inroads with other communities.

        That’s why these cultist Zios framed their opposition as being in defense of minorities.

        As to White Supremacists.

        Yes, the leaders of the Zionist movement have almost always been White Jews.

        And White Jews get to exercise their racist fantasies in the apartheid Jewish State.

        People are deaf to this racism because your community can simply cry Holocaust/Hitler/antisemitism and because we, individualists are sincere and sensitive to these accusations (and to the history of Jewish suffering – which exists outside of monsters like you and the present proponents of Jewish nationalism) – these accusations are effective in silencing or intimidating.

        I think White Supremacists, if they simply converted to Judaism so they could become Zionists in Israel – would find that if they forgot about hating Jews, they could effectively hate everyone else and get away with it.

        Where else could you abuse people of color/murder them/dehumanize them/mock their religion and culture/discriminate them – AND do all of this OPENLY? And without any end in sight, any reproach. When people in your community speak out – you ostracize them by calling them Hitler or blah blah blah.

        If the desire is to hate non-Whites – Zionism is the best game in town. Not perfect since there are non-White Jews, but it’s the closest thing in history where such glaring hypocrisy exists after the world has witnessed horrors arising from this behavior and mindset.

    • BrianEsker on March 28, 2014, 12:20 am

      And yet another BDS scam goes down the toilet. Windsor University in Canada has been investigating theirs too and it’s also headed for the shitter. The Fraud, bigotry, violence and intimidation just don’t wash when looked at closely.

      Here’s an idea…why not work towards building a Palestine country rather than trying to destroy Israel?

      Or does that make too much sense?

      • Cliff on March 28, 2014, 4:33 pm


        What bigotry?

        What violence?

        What intimidation?

        You mean the kid holding a knife to a pineapple that your cult got all fake-worried about?

        The only violence is that which is experienced daily by the indigenous Palestinian population by your Jewish terrorist cult.

        You lost in the democratic arena (you clearly hate democracy) so instead used money and PR (oh, poor Jewish students feel ‘intimidated’ on campus).

        So fucking disgusting.

        You freaks are the worst.

    • hophmi on March 28, 2014, 11:31 am

      “So basically Jewish groups met with this guy and talked him into vetoing the resolution.”

      Gasp. You mean, they, gasp, lobbied a leader to do something? Gasp. Is lobbying your government anti-democratic?

      What’s more anti-democratic, lobbying your government to do what you think is right, or claiming that 12 votes out of 29 represents a “majority”?

      • James North on March 28, 2014, 12:03 pm

        The comments above suggest Hasbara Central is concentrating its fire on this issue.

      • BrianEsker on March 28, 2014, 9:18 pm

        “The comments above suggest Hasbara Central is concentrating its fire on this issue.”

        Protocols of Zion much? Hasbara central?

        There’s no such thing. Individuals from all over the internet take it upon themselves to write in and try and put things right or at least offer another viewpoint.

        It’s nice to see BDS fail. As it should, and will continue to. Because it’s fraudulent and does not not serve the Palarabs well either.

      • Cliff on March 30, 2014, 2:46 am


        This has nothing to do with the Protocols.

        And yes, ‘Hasbara Central’ is an abstraction much like the Military-Industrial-Complex.

        I’m sure the folks at Boeing and General Electric and Haliburton could cry conspiracy as well.

        Historical antisemitism does not prove that these frameworks cannot exist in another (completely non-conspiratorial form; although sometimes it is outright conspiracy, see Reut Institute’s urging for Jews to network with powerful people and cultural movers-shakers).

        You are not an ‘individual’ who is simply coming to some moral conclusion. You are reciting the same bullshit talking points as many other Zionists on-line and off-line.

        An individual is someone who has no cult allegiance as you do to your Jewish country club in Historic Palestine.

        The only person who is defending demographic engineering (maintaining a Jewish majority against the indigenous non-Jewish population) is you.

        You and your cult.

        Nothing conspiratorial about that – it’s the reality and we see it everyday when you and the other freaks defend Zionist crimes and moral decay.

      • Cliff on March 28, 2014, 4:31 pm


        Sure, they lobbied – but that’s only part of the story.

        They also censored. They also applied emotional blackmail/exploitation of identity politics.

        You and your cult failed in the democratic arena here. So the next step was to cry Holocaust/antisemitism/bagel and throw money in the faces of these pimply yuppies.

  2. Citizen on March 27, 2014, 10:29 am

    It’s all about Zionist donor dollars. The hispanic leaders have become aware of this.

    • Wesley on March 27, 2014, 6:49 pm

      What is your basis for concluding that money had anything to do with the student body president’s decision?

      • BrianEsker on March 28, 2014, 9:20 pm

        Good point Wesley. As soon as the fraud gets blown, or good people decide that they won’t be a part of a lie, then these types start claiming that there was a pay off. That’s just another racist stereotypical lie that needs to die.

      • Cliff on March 30, 2014, 2:48 am

        Good people?

        You lost, Zionist. Then a bunch of Jewish groups pressured the student president afterwards.

        How is that ‘good people deciding to not be part of a lie’?

        What lie would that be anyway?

        Israel is an apartheid State. I’ll take Desmond Tutu’s opinion over a Jewish supremacist and supporter of colonialism/terrorism when it’s good for Zionism.

      • Cliff on March 30, 2014, 2:54 am


        Often Zionist Jews use the threat of withdrawing funds to get their way.

        Of course it’s about money.

        Your community lost democratically so you mounted a disgusting campaign of emotional blackmail – hiding behind statements implying this was about protecting minorities.

        No one has a problem with other ‘minorities’ anyway. The problem is with your community STEALING and COLONIZING Palestine.

        All those Jewish students support demographic engineering.

        You and other yuppie Zionist hypocrites benefit from true liberal democracies like the US where quotas aren’t put on what ethnic group gets to live where and for the total population of said country.

        But you promote discrimination and maintaining a Jewish majority elsewhere.

        This comes down to a simple dichotomy: pro-ethnoreligious supremacy and democracy.

        You and the other trolls are the former.

  3. Sycamores on March 27, 2014, 10:32 am

    ah the auld veto, i should have seen that coming.

    diversity of thought on campus can be construe as the majority

    the Michigan Daily wrote a nice piece in support of SAFE University of Michigan:

    An ethical investment

    CSG’s refusal to vote on the resolution was a failure in the institution of student representation. Student government has a responsibility to listen to the demands of the student body. The student government is not bound by any requirement to only represent a majority voice on campus. In fact, as the representative body, CSG is obligated to highlight the perspective of minority and underrepresented groups. A blind endorsement of the majority prerogative is to create a dangerously homogenous voice. The University of Michigan is a diverse institution that values all points of view, and the student government should act as such.

  4. annie on March 27, 2014, 10:43 am

    a much narrower margin–12-10 (with nine abstentions).

    they should challenge the veto. get those nine abstentions to vote and win by 2/3.

  5. puppies on March 27, 2014, 10:44 am

    Interesting, all these private businesses calling themselves university and such, having “Student Governments” with bylaws, Presidents with veto powers (just in case a nuclear standoff has to be handled on time…), pump, circumstance…
    in private businesses where not even the BoR applies! The Sponsors command, the owners enforce and the students indentured for life by over-mortgage-size tuition obey.
    These are not appropriate circumstances for the procedure adopted. Clandestine action, disruption, educative guerrilla tactics to expose the Zionist machine come to mind as more efficient.

  6. Jethro on March 27, 2014, 11:01 am

    These kids are getting a crash course in dealing with Zionists. Hasbara works the first time you encounter it. The next time…not so much.

    • hophmi on March 28, 2014, 11:35 am

      The kids are getting a crash course in how BDS proponents will divide a campus for PR purposes and claim victory whether their vanity resolution passes or not.

      • Woody Tanaka on March 28, 2014, 12:09 pm

        ” how BDS proponents will divide a campus ”

        Nope. It’s the evil acts by the ISraelis that divided the campus.

  7. seafoid on March 27, 2014, 11:26 am

    “President Guerrero and other USGA Senators, as well as the administration of Loyola University Chicago, have reaffirmed the values-based and inclusive culture that have always made this Jesuit university a welcoming home for Jews and other minority students”

    Standing up to Jim Crow is not anti Semitic.
    Amazing to talk about “values-based and inclusive culture” when the topic is Israeli oppression. I believe the correct term is chutzpah.

    Once again it’s money versus decency.

  8. RudyM on March 27, 2014, 11:41 am

    “Diversity” in defense of Apartheid and ethnocracy.

  9. seafoid on March 27, 2014, 11:47 am

    Very similar to this from the last Dem Convention

    “I’ll do this one more time”

    Zionism has lost the people

    • W.Jones on March 27, 2014, 1:07 pm

      “The uploader has not made this video available in your country”.
      Are you in the UK?

      • Sumud on March 28, 2014, 12:04 am

        If you’re on an iOS device W.Jones try on a desktop or laptop. I’ve found that sometimes I get that error with the iOS YT app but the content will work on a different computer.

      • W.Jones on March 31, 2014, 8:58 pm


        I am on a laptop, not the IOS device, and unfortunately it is not working. :/
        I am in the US.

  10. Blownaway on March 27, 2014, 12:14 pm

    The US was late in getting with the anti apartheid movement in South Africa as well. The establishment is too entrenched. Poor Pedro didnt have a chance when the squeeze was put on. “So Pedro where do you think your going to work after college? Yeah so lets rethink that vote.” The Jesuits teach ethics, but are also very pragmatic. They like their bread buttered

  11. eGuard on March 27, 2014, 6:37 pm

    There was a time when this was a good career move for any president. Not any more for Guerrero.

  12. kma on March 27, 2014, 11:16 pm

    sounds exactly like what happened at UC Berkeley. the senate meeting went all night with nothing but pro-BDS voices and overwhelming majority, but ONE dictator rules.
    how about that???

    AIPAC pressured the hell out of the students. very very sick. Berkeley ain’t what it used to be. which campus is now the one to go to?
    I want to know !!! anyone know where the new Berkeley is?

  13. Ecru on March 28, 2014, 3:43 am

    To paraphrase Hoppy once again….

    “LOL, vetoed by surprise without a debate – a decision applauded by Jewish groups. What are these Jewish groups afraid of?

    Democracy by the looks of it. And isn’t it interesting that that great defender of democracy Hoppy isn’t here decrying this flagrant breach of democratic principles.

    Well no not really. Like ANY Zionist democracy’s only good when it serves Israeli interests; any other time it’s to be fought using every low, dirty, dishonest, underhand and if needed violent way in the book.

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