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UC Davis Student Senate Votes for Divestment January 29, 2015. Student Senator Calls for Hamas, Sharia Law and the Fall of Israel
January 30, 2015

A member of the UC Davis student Senate Azka Fayyaz, celebrating the passage of an anti-Israel Divestment resolution on January 29, 2015 captioned 2 Facebook photos:
"Hamas & Sharia law have taken over UC Davis. Brb crying over the resilience." 
And, "If a Movement is Not Controversial, if no one is made enough, its not strong enough & its not worth the fight. Israel will fall. insha`Allah."


"This demonstrates the dishonesty and hypocrisy of divestment campaigns on campus. They claim to be about social justice and human rights, but this student senator`s statement revealed SJP and the BDS movement`s real agenda.  A racist group, Hamas is designated a terror organization by the US and many other governments and its charter is sworn to the destruction of the state of Israel," Johanna Wilder, StandWithUs Pacific Northwest Campus Coordinator.
Students for Justice in Palestine introduced the Resolution, which passed 8-2.  It called for UCD to divest from “corporations that aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and illegal settlements in Palestinian territories, violating both international humanitarian law and international human rights” and specifically targeted Caterpillar Inc., G4S PLC, Veolia Environment and Raytheon.
After the vote, the past and current presidents of  UCD`s Aggies for Israel Danny Eliahu and Julia Reifkind, gave impassioned speeches and asked all those who are against divestment to stand up and walk out:  --
Here are excerpts from their speeches:
“A legacy can be a beautiful thing, but the reality of divestment is that the only legacy it will leave behind is hate. BDS is an indisputably anti-Semetic, hate-promoting movement that has hijacked student voices to achieve its hypocritical agenda… their interest has never been dialogue” Julia Reifkind
 “Tearing down the Israelis is not the same thing as advocating for the Palestinians. Opposing this resolution does not mean opposing Palestinian rights. It means acknowledging that Palestinians can have human rights and dignity without degrading Israeli human rights. As students, we should be working together towards a future of peace, justice, human rights, and mutual respect for both peoples.” Danny Eliyahu
 “Divestment has driven away students who want to serve the student body, and invited those who only care about this hateful issue  Our students are now represented by senators who sought their positions solely for today`s vote.” Danny Eliyahu
 “We have been ignored and disrespected year after year, but we will never be silenced. We are a beacon of peace and inclusion on a campus plagued by anti-Semitism. The intolerance that spawned this resolution is the same kind of intolerance that has spawned anti-Semitic movements throughout history. History does not change, it repeats itself. And for that reason, our mission will never waiver.” Julia Reifkind
 “To those of you who have brought this toxic resolution forward today, with the knowledge it will pass, I say this to your so called “victory"  You have divided our campus and damaged lives. And I tell you now, you have not won. The real victory belongs to us. We will continue to celebrate our beliefs on this campus and keep the integrity of our message strong.  This is our victory. And we who are victorious need not legitimize the words spoken in this empty hearing. So if you are here tonight in opposition to this resolution, I invite you now to Stand UP. Stand up and join me in walking out of this room.” Julia Reifkind, president of Aggies for Israel, strong Jewish leader.”
Immediatley the next day, UCD Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi issued the following statement:
Dear UC Davis Community,
Last evening the ASUCD Senate passed a resolution urging the UC Board of Regents to divest from four corporations that, according to the resolution, “aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestine.”
This, however, does not reflect the position of UC Davis or the University of California system. The investment policy for the University of California system, including UC Davis, is set by the UC Board of Regents. The Board and Office of the President issued a statement regarding student resolutions that urge the Board to divest from companies doing business with Israel. The statement reiterates the Board`s position that this type of call to action will not be entertained.
We recognize that this is a sensitive topic for many on our campus, one that is very personal and emotional.  It is for this reason that we must exercise sensitivity, restraint and respect in relation to the issue. Prior to the debate last night, those in attendance were reminded of ourPrinciples of Community.  We affirmed the right to freedom of expression, but also affirmed our commitment to the highest standards of civility and decency toward all.
A renowned international university, UC Davis manages academic and research programs across the globe and is home to a community of faculty, researchers and students from everywhere in the world.  We believe that our shared goals of teaching, learning and serving the needs of society, in a climate of justice marked by respect for each other, will help us build a strong community of learning and fulfill our mission of educating the leaders of tomorrow and producing and disseminating knowledge.
Linda P.B. Katehi

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