Third U.C. student senate passes divestment measure

A student council at U.C. San Diego passed a nonbinding resolution last week calling for boycotting firms with business ties to Israel.

The UCSD Associated Students Council voted in favor of the motion on March 13. The vote was 20-12 with one abstention, according to a press release from Students for Justice in Palestine, the group that proposed the motion.

The resolution — similar to those passed at U.C. Irvine in November 2012 and at U.C. Riverside earlier this month — names Boeing, General Dynamics, Hewlett Packard, Ingersoll Rand and Raytheon among other companies that “profit from Israel’s military occupation and violence against Palestinians in violation of international law and human rights.”

The resolutions are only advisory and have no sway over university finances. U.C. regents and other U.C. administrators have said they have no intention of divestment actions focused on Israel, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The UCSD vote came on the heels of the March 5 defeat of a selective divestment measure before the Stanford University student senate. The Stanford resolution was defeated 7-1 with five abstentions, according to the Stanford Daily.

Eyes are now turning toward U.C. Berkeley, where a divestment measure was passed by a 16-4 vote of student senators in 2010 but then vetoed by Will Smelko,  then president of the Associated Students of U.C. Berkeley.

Though there is speculation that another ASUC divestment measure might surface, none are known of at present, according to Danny Fleischer, who monitors the situation in his job as program associate at the S.F.-based Jewish Community Relations Council.  — jta & j. staff