FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(College Park, Maryland, 4/24/19) -- StandWithUs congratulates students at the University of Maryland (UMD) for defeating a discriminatory divestment resolution. The UMD Student Government Association (SGA) rejected the legislation with a vote of 9 in favor, 25 against, and 2 abstaining.
“We are very proud of the students at UMD who once again stood up against this campaign of hatred and propaganda,” said Rena Nasar, Managing Director of Campus Affairs at StandWithUs. “BDS has no place on campus and has only served to divide students and damage efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians together."
Over 1,000 students signed a petition opposing the bill, along with over 1,000 more alumni, faculty, and others. This vote ensures that the voices of UMD students will not be used to promote the global boycott movement, which seeks to eliminate Israel and violate the rights of the Jewish people to self-determination. The UMD SGA rejected a similar resolution last year.
StandWithUs applauds UMD students and Maryland Hillel for their dedication and courage in standing up for their community. We will continue to work with ICC, Hillel International, and all of our partners to help students overcome hate and tell Israel's story on campus.
StandWithUs (SWU) is an eighteen-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, SWU has chapters throughout the United States, in Israel, Canada, and the U.K.