Israel divestment voted down by University of Michigan student government

The University of Michigan campus. Credit: Andrew Horne via Wikimedia Commons.

( An Israel divestment resolution failed early Wednesday morning in a 25-9 vote, with two abstentions, by the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government (CSG).

The resolution, introduced by the pro-Palestinian group Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, cited “the Israeli occupation’s policies and systematic discrimination against Palestinians.”

“Not only is this resolution regarding an issue that is only peripherally related to campus life, the issue is incredibly divisive and greatly contributes to animosity between groups on this campus,” said CSG representative Jacob Ruby, reported.

The resolution’s failure comes after university police said two “Arab males” shouted “threats of violence” at a student who refused to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel during a sit-in by pro-Palestinian students at the school’s student union last week. Other pro-Israel students were allegedly called anti-Semitic slurs such as “kikes” and “dirty Jews,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.  

Jacob Baime, executive director of the Israel on Campus Coalition, called on University of Michigan officials to protect its students from “violent threats.”

“The hateful anti-Israel BDS movement is reaching new depths of depravity,” Baime told on Tuesday. “This isn’t about Israel as much as it is about free speech. Students have the right to express their views without fear of physical harm.”

Posted on March 26, 2014 .