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StandWithUs Congratulates UIUC Students for Defeating Divestment Referendum, March 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 10, 2017

(Champaign, IL - March 10, 2017) --   StandWithUs congratulates students at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for defeating a discriminatory referendum calling for divestment from companies doing business with Israel. The proposal was rejected with 2,762 students voting yes and 3,627 voting no.

Anti-Israel activists at UIUC cynically attempted to hide their true intentions by keeping the language of the referendum vague. However, their website made clear that their campaign was part of a larger effort to isolate and discriminate against Israel. UIUC Divest also committed several violations of school rules while collecting signatures for the referendum.

“Ultimately, I think students saw through the propaganda and realized that tearing down Israelis is not the same as supporting Palestinians or upholding human rights,” commented StandWithUs Midwest Campus Coordinator Sebastian Parra.

We especially congratulate the student group United Illini, which came together to oppose divestment and won. We look forward to working with ICC, Hillel, JUF, and our other partners to empower pro-Israel student activism at UIUC in the aftermath of this successful campaign.


About StandWithUs

StandWithUs (SWU) is a fifteen year-old, international, non-profit Israel education organization.  Through fellowships, conferences, materials, social media, educational films and missions to Israel, StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their campuses and communities about Israel. 

Based in Los Angeles, the organization has 18 offices and chapters throughout the U.S., in Israel, the UK Canada and Australia.  

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