Donate Shop Register Volunteer


Jewish groups help defeat divestment bill in Stanford student senate
Jewish groups help defeat divestment bill in Stanford student senate



The Stanford University seal. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS News Service
March 6, 2013


(JNS.org) Stanford University’s ASSU Undergraduate Senate, 15 undergraduates elected each spring who deal with the school’s legislation, advocacy and programming, on March 5 voted against a divestment bill proposed by Students for Palestinian Equal Rights (SPER) March 5.

The SPER bill called on the Senate to ask the Board of Trustees to discontinue endowment investments in eight companies that it said commit “human rights abuses and violations of international law.” But some groups that attended the Senate hearing, such as Chabad at Stanford and the pro-Israel education group StandWithUs, called the bill an attack on Israel in disguise.

Samar Alqatari ’14, one of the bill’s co-authors, said all of the companies are “legitimate companies to divest from.” But Don Waintraub, StandWithUs Northern California and Pacific Northwest Coordinator, attended the vote and told JNS.org he thought “those supporting divestment at Stanford were well-meaning but just misguided.”

“Though, a few of them were simply filled with anger and hatred,” Waintraub said. “One girl kept ranting about the Zionist White supremacy of our time.”

In the debate Tuesday, the Stanford senate listened to students speak on both sides of the issue and ultimately voted against the bill. The senators then voted on a resolution asking university students to debate divestment in other forums, with eight votes of support and five abstentions.

“It was heated and incredibly unfortunate that it had to end up like this. The original anti-Israel bill was shut down seven ‘nay’ to one ‘yay,’ with the rest abstaining. Neither side left happy, everyone just left exhausted and drained,” Waintraub said.

“It’s incredibly important to stress that this was a student-led defense of Israel. They were the ones who pulled off this defense,” he added.

StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein said in a statement, “Without the efforts of the pro-Israel community, anti-Israel misinformation and bias would go unchallenged, and many students would be led to believe, mistakenly, that Palestinians bear no responsibility for the ongoing conflict and that Israel alone is the obstacle to peace. We applaud the pro-Israel students for their courage and commitment to educating students about the facts, and attempting to restore reasonable debate on campuses.”


Read article here
Other stories
5/29/2015
The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a ruling by a lower court that ordered f...
5/29/2015
In one week, 3 Israel-based firms opened or finalized plans to build new facilities in the...
5/29/2015
The Washington Supreme Court reversed a ruling that protected the Olympia Food Co-op from ...
5/28/2015
On Monday, April 13, Shorecrest High School`s Jewish Club welcomes two Israeli soldiers to...
5/28/2015
Five teens met at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield to discuss Israel in an i...
5/28/2015
May 28, 2015, StandWithUs is thrilled to share the news that, in a major setback to the an...
5/27/2015
El Al has constantly made the case that it is the only airline which can be relied on to c...
5/27/2015
Israeli delegation arriving for World Masters competition held up at Rabat airport for mor...
5/27/2015
Palestinian Football Association leader Jibril Rajoub is leading the effort to have the Is...
5/27/2015
Athletes held for nine hours in airport; spectators at the World Masters Judo Tournament s...
5/27/2015
The Farhud was the Holocaust-era massacre committed by Arab nationalists, done in coordina...
5/26/2015
StandWithUs applauds UC President Janet Napolitano`s support for officially adopting the U...
5/26/2015
SWU-Israel director Michael Dickson was honored to be chosen to join a forum of Israeli fo...
5/26/2015
Kay Wilson, a survivor of a terror attack in Israel, will be the guest speaker at the sec...
5/26/2015
As the new government gets started, the main actors in the Mideast diplomatic drama are al...
5/26/2015
Israel has faced existential danger since its founding. It pushed back conventional assaul...
5/26/2015
StandWithUs` rolled through Oklahoma, northern Miami and North Carolina with four Israel D...
5/22/2015
Liana Kadisha, a senior at Stanford University, says some Jewish students on her campus fe...
5/22/2015
Both supporters and opponents of boycotting Israel say the other side is spewing lies. Tha...
5/21/2015
BBYO Teen Interviews StandWithUs High School Coordinators, Sarah Gipoor and Tahli Hanuka, ...

 

About Us
Get Involved
Resources
Shop For Israel
Social Media
StandWithUs Websites