Israel divestment resolution resoundingly defeated at University of Washington

( A resolution to divest from Israel was resoundingly defeated by the student senate at the University of Washington (UW) on Tuesday night.

Resolution R-20-39, which called on school administrators to “examine its financial assets to identify its investments in companies that provide equipment or services used to directly maintain, support, or profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land,” was overwhelmingly struck down by a vote of 59-8, with 11 abstentions.

Pro-Israel student activists from UW Huskies Against Divestment, as well as unaffiliated student senators, spoke out against the divestment resolution.

“BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) was handed one of its worst defeats on any campus last night. We are so proud of the UW pro-Israel students, who did an amazing job and who inspired us with their commitment and passion,” Robert Jacobs, Northwest director for the Israel education organization StandWithUs, said in a statement. 

Posted on May 21, 2014 .