Student body passes call for CalState to boycott Israel

A student association affiliated with California State University passed a resolution calling for divestment from companies “profiting from Palestinian oppression.” The senate of Associated Students, Inc., a nonprofit membership association and auxiliary organization of the university, passed the call Wednesday in a resolution addressed to the university but which is not binding on it.

The university’s president, Jane Close Conoley, on April 26 sent the senate an open letter opposing plans to issue calls for a boycott against Israel. The resolution passed this week by the student senate calls on the university “to divest from companies that receive monetary gain from Palestinian oppression.”

The resolution did not specify which companies the senate believes should be a target for divestment. Virtually all of Israel’s commercial and industrial sectors have dealings in or with settlements in the West Bank or Golan Heights. Previous calls for divestment from firms allegedly profiting from Israel’s control of these lands have widely been interpreted as blanket calls for boycotting Israeli businesses.
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