FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2020
StandWithUs Condemns the Illinois Student Government For Voting Yes To Divestment
(Champaign, IL, 02/12/2020) -- StandWithUs condemns the University of Illinois (UIUC) student government (ISG) for passing a discriminatory and misleading resolution to divest from companies doing business with Israel. It passed with a vote of 20 in favor, 9 against, and 7 abstaining. The administration released a statement immediately after saying the vote is "non-binding" and that, "the university has no plans to act" on it.
“This student government has no legitimacy to vote on issues affecting Jewish students, having previously passed a shameful resolution denying any link between anti-Zionism and antisemitism. This anti-Israel legislation is simply another example of ISG’s inherent hostility and bias. I am so proud of the growing Jewish and pro-Israel community at UIUC for their resilience in the face of hate,"said Liora Bachrach, StandWithUs Associate Director of Campus Affairs.
This discriminatory divestment vote by ISG directly contradicts the will of the University of Illinois student body, which voted against almost identical proposals in two referendums held in 2017 and 2018.
“Although an unfortunate result occurred tonight, there’s no time to dwell on the past. A new day has begun. This isn’t the end but rather an opportunity for a new beginning in which the Jewish community will come together once again, as we have throughout history. We will persevere and work toward the common good and what’s just,” said Seth Israel, UIUC student and StandWithUs Emerson Fellow.
StandWithUs will continue to work with Illini Hillel, Chabad, JUF, ICC and all of our partners to support Jewish and pro-Israel students at UIUC, as they continue to stand up to discrimination and educate about Israel.
StandWithUs (SWU) is an international, non-profit and non-partisan Israel education organization that works to inspire and educate people of all ages about Israel, as well as challenge misinformation and fight against antisemitism.
Through university fellowships, high school internships, middle school curricula, conferences, materials, social media, educational films and missions to Israel, StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their schools and communities about Israel.
Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization has programs on five continents with chapters and offices throughout the U.S., in Israel, the UK, Canada and Brazil.
For the last 7 years, SWU has consistently received the highest possible ratings from Charity Navigator (4 stars) and Guidestar (Platinum).