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In historic vote, UC Student Association endorses call for divestment in support of Palestinian rights

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Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA issued the following press release:

On the morning of February 8, 2015, hundreds of students gathered in Tom Bradley International Hall at UCLA as the UC Student Association (UCSA) deliberated motions in support of divestment from companies engaged in the systematic violation of Palestinian rights in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Students from across California arrived to speak in favor of divestment, and to highlight the nearly 90 student organizations across the state which joined the call for the UCSA to endorse divestment. The historic vote passed in an overwhelming majority of 9-1 with 6 abstentions (click here to read the full text of the divestment motion).

The UC Student Association is the official voice of the student body of the University of California, and represents hundreds of thousands of undergraduate and graduate students across the UC system. Today it became the first multi-campus student association to vote in favor of divestment. This landmark vote is undoubtedly the largest victory thus far in the campus divestment movement in the United States.

Since 2012, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, UC Los Angeles, and UC Davis have passed resolutions through their campus undergraduate student governments calling on the UC Regents to divest endowment and pension funds from companies such as Raytheon, Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar, and Cemex, which facilitate and profit from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, its construction of settlements in contravention of international law, its violent bombing campaigns in Gaza, and its construction of checkpoints and walls throughout the West Bank. In addition, the statewide union representing teaching assistants, tutors, and readers – UAW 2865 – recently held a statewide membership vote which resulted in nearly 2/3rds support for divestment.

Students for Justice in Palestine chapters and their many allies across the UC applaud and celebrate the UCSA’s decision to affirm student activism, endorse the divestment call, and carry it forth to the UC Regents.

Quotes regarding the divestment victory:

UC Berkeley External Vice President Caitlin Quinn commented on the nature of this victory and UCSA’s relationship to the student body: “I’m so proud that we passed it, and thankful for and humbled by the years of organizing that went into this. The work is far from over, but finally UCSA has taken the progressive stance many students have been waiting for.”

The External Vice President’s office at UC Riverside addressed the issue of accountability, stating: “We are aware of the unfortunate reality of a Board of Regents that has a very poor record of accomplishment of respecting democratic calls by the student body of the University of California…As firm believers in backing up words with action, we look forward to ensuring that the UCSA remains devoted to the follow-up work critical to an effective campaign.”

UCLA Student Safwan Ibrahim commented on the meaning of divestment to Palestinians at the UC: “As a Palestinian student in the UC system, it’s incredible to see the amount of intersectional solidarity across campuses, and to witness the shift in conversation regarding support of Palestinian human rights. It is especially inspiring to see the UCSA representatives take up the responsibility of carrying our voices to the Regents.”

UC Irvine SJP issued a statement, emphasizing the relationship between the student movement and the call from Palestinian civil society: “As privileged students living in this state, it is our obligation to obey the Palestinians’ call for BDS and push divestment from corporations that profit from and participate in the violation of Palestinian human rights…we hope to see a liberated Palestine in our lifetimes.”

UC Santa Cruz Committee for Justice in Palestine issued a statement, writing “This vote was a product of a monumental struggle that has spanned decades. It is a victory that has opened new fronts for the struggle for justice in Palestine. We would like to especially thank all of our allies, without whom we could have never gotten this far.”

UAW-2865 member Alex Holmstrom-Smith commented on the meaning of this vote to graduate students and student-workers: “I am happy that the UCSA has also listened to the voice of graduate students and student-workers, who earlier this year voted by an overwhelming margin to support BDS and the Palestinian call for justice.”

Students from earlier divestment campaigns also shared their feelings about the historic nature of this accomplishment.UC Berkeley graduate Emiliano Huet-Vaughn reflected: “When we put forward the initial divestment bill at Berkeley in 2010 we knew the pro-divestment position would eventually become the consensus. It is remarkable that student activists across the UC have made that day happen so quickly. The Regents should note this moment as one in a proud tradition of UC student activism, and, seriously consider whether they want the current generation of UC students, also tomorrow’s leaders, to remember them as supporters, or, as impediments, to justice.”

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  1. hophmi
    hophmi
    February 9, 2015, 11:53 am

    This marks the symbolic moment when antisemitism entered the mainstream of student life in the University of California. It is sad that a generation of students are being brainwashed.

    • Krauss
      Krauss
      February 9, 2015, 1:00 pm

      This marks the symbolic moment when the era when you could defend Apartheid under “anti-Semitism” that has, finally, come to an end.

      Cry more bigot. Your time has ended.

    • amigo
      amigo
      February 9, 2015, 1:01 pm

      “This marks the symbolic moment when antisemitism entered the mainstream of student life in the University of California – ” Hopknee

      Tell that to the 2 Druze IDF soldiers beaten by brainwashed zionist thugs in your beloved so called Jewish democracy.

      http://mondoweiss.net/2015/02/soldier-attacked-speaking

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      February 9, 2015, 1:08 pm

      “This marks the symbolic moment when antisemitism entered the mainstream of student life in the University of California.”

      Man, Hophmi, you better make aly-oops before them co-eds get you!

    • just
      just
      February 9, 2015, 1:08 pm

      It ain’t “antisemitism”, hophmi.

      Read this from the above statement of Emiliano Huet-Vaughn:

      “The Regents should note this moment as one in a proud tradition of UC student activism, and, seriously consider whether they want the current generation of UC students, also tomorrow’s leaders, to remember them as supporters, or, as impediments, to justice.””

      This is about justice, human rights and freedom for all, dude. Methinks it is you who is “brainwashed”.

      Thanks to UCSA, SJP, and everyone else for making this a reality! Hold the Board of Regents accountable.

      Onward, BDS! End the Occupation!

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 9, 2015, 1:10 pm

        If the conditions in the US don’t suit Hophmi, perhaps he would be happier elsewhere. Funny he refuses to take that option. Gee, Hophmi, I can’t think of a single reason why Israeli life wouldn’t suit you down to the ground. What’s the hold-up?

        Need help packing? Need to store some stuff until you can send for it from the settlements? Just let me know, glad to help. Anything to help my country.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 9, 2015, 1:55 pm

        “It ain’t “antisemitism”, hophmi.”

        Hophmi didn’t say that! Nyah-nyah! Hophmie said “This marks the symbolic moment when antisemitism entered…”

        Remember, “just”, it’s a two-fer! You get Hophmi, and his trained weasel.

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      February 9, 2015, 1:12 pm

      What an asinine remark. Stop denying Palestinians their human rights. Stop murdering women and children. Stop abusing people on a daily basis. People. BDS will disappear. No need for Israel to disappear whatsoever.

      You are an apologist for vile racism and in a cowardly fashion you hide behind your religion pretending to be a victim. At least have the courage to admit that you support human rights violations.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 9, 2015, 2:07 pm

        Okay, I dare anybody to look at Hophmi’s comment, which he rushed in at the top of the thread, and tell me that Ziocaine Syndrome Amnesia does not exist!

        I ask you, could any reasonably, well, you know, breathing and conscious person not know exactly what kind of response a comment like that would get? And yet he makes them, over and over, and each time with the same injured ingenuousness, the same weasel words?

        Yet, he hasn’t even got what it takes to make a clear-cut and definite accusation of anti-Semitism, no, he’s all about “symbolic moments”

        I can’t wait for the memorials on college campuses! “On this spot, in 2015, several Jewish co-eds were made sort of uncomfortable by a table handing out information on Palestine, and the smiles were wiped out from their faces, never to return! WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!”

      • justicewillprevail
        justicewillprevail
        February 9, 2015, 2:17 pm

        The moment anti-semitism became a whitewash term for anti-apartheid in hopper’s symbolic universe. Not sad at all, just wholly predictable. Stupidity and repetition of ludicrous claims are not really ‘arguments’, just whining at students who are resistant to the ziowash hoppy insists they must swallow. It used to be so easy to force it down their throats.

      • amigo
        amigo
        February 9, 2015, 2:21 pm

        “I can’t wait for the memorials on college campuses! “On this spot, in 2015, several Jewish co-eds were made sort of uncomfortable by a table handing out information on Palestine. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!” “mooser

        Several co eds!!.

        Hell that would constitute grounds for an extraordinary UN General assy meeting requested , (sorry-demanded) by Dermer, Boehner on behalf of Nietanyahu and all his subject s.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 9, 2015, 3:42 pm

        “Several co eds!!.”

        “Co-eds”? How old is this guy? Nobody calls women college students “co-eds” anymore!

      • piotr
        piotr
        February 13, 2015, 9:57 am

        As an immigrant 30 years ago I was stumped by the expression “co-ed”, in the backward country of my origin English in school was based on British, and why a student of a co-education school should be presumed to be female? (Another baffling moment was when I heard “that’s too bad”, American for “it’s a pity”, you mean, you can stand “just sufficiently bad”, and this is too much?) Nevertheless. I estimate that many people in the age cohort 60+ use that expression, and we are still not dead.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 13, 2015, 3:36 pm

        “As an immigrant 30 years ago I was stumped by the expression “co-ed”,

        Believe me, as an American child who often read his parents books or magazines, “co-eds” stumped me for a long time too, I could not figure out exactly what they were. I thought college might help, but who could pay attention with all those girls around?

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        February 13, 2015, 8:40 pm

        Baffled me in Ausralia, too. Didn’t help when my elders, under the influence of old songs, referred to Betws-y-Coed as Betsy Co-ed.

        And whilst I can make sense of “daydream believer”, I’ve no idea what a “homecoming queen” is.

        They do hand out pills at pep rallies, don’t they?

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      February 9, 2015, 1:15 pm

      “This marks the symbolic moment”

      Fritz shut up! Enough already! Sorry, that darn dog goes nuts whenever he scents weasel! I love the little guy, but he’s a Dachshund, you know. I better take him out for a walk.

      • turveyd
        turveyd
        February 9, 2015, 1:36 pm

        Mooser, tell me you don’t have a sausage dog! I’m replying to your earlier post, inviting poor unenlightened Hophmi to Zion, and I think it a fine idea. In fact, all those muddle-headed congress-critters fretting about being forced to choose between America and Israel might find a way out of their painful tug-of-war by for goodness sake choosing!! And as the incomparable Stephen Colbert added ‘Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya’. Colbert is always sensitive to strict rhyme…

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 10, 2015, 5:49 pm

        As much as I admire Mr. Colbert, in a matter such as this, I would tend to take Ms. Ruth Brown as the more authoritative source and she has it “where the dog bit ya”

    • amigo
      amigo
      February 9, 2015, 1:25 pm

      Hopknee, the IDF has an app that allows you to order your drab green uniform on line and it will be waiting for you at BG airport so you can get to work without haste and get all those A-rab invaders off your God given land.No muss, no fuss and no refits.

      Are you ready to put your body on the line oh brave one.

      Or are you, as we all suspect all hat and no ranch.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 9, 2015, 1:48 pm

        “Or are you, as we all suspect all hat and no ranch.

        Hophmi reminds me a of bottle of lousy picante sauce or runny salsa. You know where those come from!

    • MRW
      MRW
      February 9, 2015, 1:36 pm

      It’s only your personal definition of anti-semitism that is being offended, hophmi, not the world’s. Perhaps you should drop it. You’ll feel better.

    • eljay
      eljay
      February 9, 2015, 1:38 pm

      || hophmeee: This marks the symbolic moment when antisemitism entered the mainstream of student life in the University of California. ||

      People rightly protest Israeli / Zio-supremacist oppression, expansionism, colonialism and other (war) crimes and, right on cue, hophmeee screams anti-Semitism.

      JeffBeee anti-Semitically suggests that all Jews are responsible for the crimes of some Jews and, right on cue, hophmeee…says nothing. Not a peep.

      Interesting.

    • Kris
      Kris
      February 9, 2015, 3:05 pm

      @hophmi: “This marks the symbolic moment when antisemitism entered the mainstream of student life in the University of California.”

      I am disappointed that your comment is so brief, hophmi. What about blood libel, Holocaust, delegitimization, existential threat? I know there are more, but I forget them unless I’m reminded often enough.

      Surely you are wondering, “Why is everybody always picking on me?” You’re not the first to ask this question. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fcY78ab4yo

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 13, 2015, 3:38 pm

        “You’re not the first to ask this question”

        And Hophmi doesn’t ask it even a fraction as well!

    • Kay24
      Kay24
      February 9, 2015, 8:56 pm

      You can keep claiming it is anti-semitism until you are blue in the face, but I think you are insulting the intelligent of the rest of the world. Not going to work Hoppy, by now you guys should have got it. No one is intimidated anymore, and the boycotting continues, apparently, it is affecting the culprits, because the hasbara is trying desperately to link it to anti-semitism, but obviously it is not stopping those who are fighting for the rights of occupied people.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        February 10, 2015, 7:32 am

        Imagine how Hoppy would render Brian Williams conflation.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 10, 2015, 10:38 am

        I have to admit that sometimes I feel a little bad, because I wonder if my consistently negative and disrespectful attitude towards Hophmi might have influenced anybody else to disrespect him or give him less credibility than he deserves.
        But then I quickly realize just how conceited I would be to think that. Nobody needs my help with Hophmi. He does fine on his own.

  2. amigo
    amigo
    February 9, 2015, 11:54 am

    “Now on to Chicago, and let’s win there! .”Robert Kennedy after winning in California .

    Let,s add, on to New York and Washington and Boston and every college campus in the US.The die is cast and more will follow in ever larger numbers.

    Great news and sure to rattle those who claim BDS is a storm in a teacup.

    • Pixel
      Pixel
      February 9, 2015, 12:35 pm

      +10

      (perfect quote)

      • amigo
        amigo
        February 9, 2015, 12:54 pm

        Thanks Pixel.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 9, 2015, 4:32 pm

        ixnay, please I’m guessing you’re not as old as me. It was just after that…

      • amigo
        amigo
        February 9, 2015, 6:19 pm

        “I’m guessing you’re not as old as me. It was just after that…”mooser

        “The assassination of Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy, a United States Senator and brother of assassinated President John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy, took place shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, in Los Angeles, California, during the campaign season for the United States Presidential election, 1968. After winning the California and South Dakota primary elections for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, Kennedy was shot as he walked through the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel and died in the Good Samaritan Hospital twenty-six hours later. ”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Robert_F._Kennedy

        Maybe I misunderstood what you meant by , “Just after that”.

        We can discuss age some other time.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 9, 2015, 6:35 pm

        It was, I’m sorry to say, just after winning in California that RFK was shot.

  3. jon s
    jon s
    February 9, 2015, 3:01 pm
    • just
      just
      February 9, 2015, 3:06 pm

      whodunnit?

      One is left to wonder……

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 9, 2015, 3:34 pm

        From jon’s link

        “”Nothing rivals a swastika as a more potent or offensive symbol of hatred and violence toward our Jewish community members,” Katehi said”

        One thing does. Justice for Palestinians. Diminishes swastikas to the point of meaningless because it really HURTS.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 9, 2015, 4:27 pm

        “”Nothing rivals a swastika as a more potent or offensive symbol of hatred and violence toward our Jewish community members,” Katehi said”

        I guess he ain’t Charlie no more.

      • bryan
        bryan
        February 10, 2015, 9:40 am

        We are always being told it is a matter of context. All these hate symbols are symbolic of hatred, but drawing a swastika in California seems like a childish prank or something that Zionists do sometimes to drum up sympathy, whereas drawing a Star of David in a vandalised olive grove as part of a Price Tag crime is merely marking one’s territory. I will condemn both and I’m sure you will too Hop.

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      February 9, 2015, 3:08 pm

      “Hophmi …. thinking…”

      That assumes a fact that is nowhere in evidence.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 9, 2015, 5:32 pm

        “That assumes a fact that is nowhere in evidence.”

        It sure shows that “Jon s” wasn’t thinking, or didn’t read the article. Hophmi was quite obviously, being the fist comment, referring to the vote reported on at UC. That’s what the article is about.

        But “Jon s” was counting on the shock value of one purple, pathetic, spray-painted swastika.

    • Kris
      Kris
      February 9, 2015, 3:12 pm

      Swastikas spray painted on a Jewish frat house, right after the historic vote? Do we know who did it? Aren’t there are security cameras there? Let’s see the evidence.

      “Antisemitic” incidents like this have been faked by Jewish students on campuses in the past. #fooledMeOnceShameOnYou

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 9, 2015, 3:57 pm

        Kris, I explain why that couldn’t possibly be the case in my comment below. But besides the technical explanation, there is the question of whether spraying swastikas was a very nice thing to do. Answering that question will make where the responsibility must lie quite apparent, I should think. That is a nice Jewish fraternity..

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        February 9, 2015, 8:58 pm

        Last time there was a similar incident, the culprit was a Jewish woman, who was trying to false flag and cause trouble….sounds like what Israel will do.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      February 9, 2015, 3:49 pm

      “Hophmi may have been thinking of this:”

      “Jon s” you are dealing with a big non-Jewish audience here, so you will have to explain things to them. They may not be aware that spray-paint is absolutely trefe, and no Jew would ever even touch a can of spray paint! Brushes, cool, magic markers okay, but spray-cans, uh-uh, double-plus-trefe!!

      So naturally, it wouldn’t be possible for anybody except- wait a minute, does that Swastika look like it was sprayed from right to left??

      Oh, BTW, “Jon s”, I’ve been meaning to ask you, is Israel of great importance to Jews, and of even greater importance to Zionists? Couldn’t we agree that it is extremely important to them, and Israel is extremely valuable to them?

      Okay, then don’t expect me to believe they won’t lie about it. Unless, of course, you want to start telling us Jews are unlike anybody else in the world. Would you like to do that?

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      February 9, 2015, 4:01 pm

      “Jon s” we have to face the possibility that those nasty swastikas were put there by one of the 58%! There’s nothing they won’t do!

    • Keith
      Keith
      February 9, 2015, 5:39 pm

      JON S- Swastikas painted on a Jewish fraternity house following a divestment vote. How convenient. Photos in the local papers and in Haaretz. How predictable. Cui bono?

    • February 9, 2015, 6:54 pm

      Of course he was not thinking of this or he would have said so.

      “Members of a Jewish fraternity at UC Davis awoke to find swastikas painted on their building two days after the student senate passed a divestment resolution targeting Israel.”

      How convenient the timing.

      What are the odds the swastika was in fact put there by a pro Israel student? I’d put it at maybe 95%

      • a blah chick
        a blah chick
        February 9, 2015, 9:26 pm

        It would be irresponsible not to speculate.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 10, 2015, 10:41 am

        “I’d put it at maybe 95%”

        My calculations give a number between 58% and 70%.

  4. jon s
    jon s
    February 10, 2015, 4:20 am
    • Mooser
      Mooser
      February 10, 2015, 10:45 am

      “The ADL is offering a reward:”

      So freaking what? What on earth does that prove? The ADL has no official status, and there’s no way of checking anything they do or say. They lie like a rug.

      Wait a minute, “Jon s” TAKE YOUR HAND OUT OF YOUR POCKET! Now, what’s that purple stain on your first finger?

      Jon, how old are you? Could you please tell us? I really don’t like to think of myself as speaking harshly to a 15 yr old boy, but that’s pretty much what you are like. You could try growing….oh, sorry, now I’m getting immature.

  5. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    February 11, 2015, 9:02 am

    More constructive movement….keep pushing. Don’t let racist like Hop get in the way.

  6. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    February 11, 2015, 9:16 am

    Hope folks share this piece with churches, human rights groups, students, etc

  7. piotr
    piotr
    February 13, 2015, 10:15 am

    hophmi February 9, 2015, 11:53 am
    This marks the symbolic moment when antisemitism entered the mainstream of student life in the University of California.

    At the first reading, I thought that I have mis-read. I thought that antisemitism is an eternal and omnipresent menace making the security of Jews possible only in Israel (however precarious it is there, as Israel now, more than even, needs your help). I guess that operative word is “mainstream”. Yes, there was plenty of the opposition to Israeli policies for years (and this is what defines “antisemitism” in frequent usage), but it could be classified as “fringe”. For example, it is a fringe position at Stanford, because only 9 members of the student government voted for it, with 5 opposed, not enough for the resolution to pass. But at UC it is a bit hard to call the statutory majority as a fringe.

    This is the battle of Mainstream Heights. Fringe persons and movements can be discussed, mostly lamenting errors of their ways, but not quoted or invited. Quite a lot of pro-Israeli methodology is based on the assumption that the opposition forms a fringe, so it should be treated like other social problems, say, date rape (that also happens at university campuses). The battle of Mainstream Heights is a recurrent theme. For example, Democrats/Liberals are the fringe, living precariously on the coasts, and Republicans/Conservatives are the mainstream, living proudly in the “fly-over country”. In this context, a strategic retreat to the the other side of Sierra Nevada would declare West-of-mountains-California as a coastal moral cesspool, i.e. the fringe of otherwise highly moral U.S.A.

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