BDS MOVEMENT FAILS MISERABLY AT CORNELL UNIVERSITYPosted by Eileen Hart on April 11, 2014
This week, Students for Justice in Palestine were going to use Passover to put pro-Israel Jewish students at Cornell University in a position of not having a vote on divestment from Israel. Jewish students at universities all across the country are preparing to travel home to celebrate Passover on April 14.
he full Resolution linked on the Assembly website is embedded at the bottom of this post. Here’s the operative part: Here is the full Resolution from Legal Insurrection:
(22) Be it resolved, that Cornell University will further examine its assets for investments in companies that a) provide military support for, or weaponry to, the occupation of Palestinian territory or b) facilitate the building or maintenance of the illegal separation wall or the demolition of Palestinian homes, or c) facilitate the building, maintenance or economic development of illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory,
(23) Be it further resolved, that Cornell University will make information about all of its assets public, pertaining especially to its investments,
(24) And be it finally resolved, that Cornell University will end its complicity with the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and divest its holdings from the aforementioned companies and any other companies that profit directly from Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Moreover, Cornell University will not make further investments in companies that materially support or profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory.
If the Resolution wasn’t to be tabled, the vote was to take place in the middle of Passover on April 17 literally forcing Jewish students to CHOOSE celebrating our Exodus from slavery in Egypt or fighting against the Divestment. This reminds me of the event in the Vilnius Ghetto where Itzik Wittenberg had to choose between surrendering himself to the Gestapo or staying and fighting for the survival of the Jews during the Holocaust.
IN a surprise turnaround of events, the student Assembly of Cornell moved to indefinitely table the Resolution late afternoon yesterday. It is a crushing defeat for Students for Palestine Justice. William Jacobson, a law professor at Cornell University and founder of Legal Insurrection blog reported on the happenings of the events as they were unfolding.
The Resolution has been taken off the agenda INDEFINITELY. Jewish groups such as J Street, pro Israel students and the Cornell Israeli Public Affairs Committee came together in less than 48 hours to defy this boycott. I applaud the courage and bravery of all of these young Jewish students.
While we fought hard for Ayaan Hirsi Ali‘s right to free speech at Brandeis University and lost to the thug tactics of CAIR, this is a great moment for pro Israel Jews on the eve of Passover. CAIR may have won this fight, however, University of Michigan, UCLA, and Cornell University voted against Divestment. A crushing defeat for BDS movement participants.
May more of these successes happen in our favor. Until then, we pro Israel Jews continue to fight fire with fire.
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