By Paul Miller, Continue reading in JNS
oth the pro-Israel and anti-Israel camps are celebrating the passage of a college campus divestment measure. That doesn’t happen too often, if ever. But for the pro-Israel side in this Chicago episode, the hope is that the student government legislation marks the start of a reframing of the debate on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
On Feb. 15, the Undergraduate Student Government Association at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) unanimously passed a pro-BDS measure that does not single out Israel. The legislation asks the school’s Faculty Senate to support “divest[ing] fully from companies profiting from human rights abuses and violations of international law including in, but not limited to, Palestine, Syria, China, United Kingdom, U.S.-Mexico border, and Chicago.”
The original legislation, proposed by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and sponsored by the campus group UIC Divest, did single out the Jewish state.
According to The Algemeiner, UIC industrial design student Amitai Loew learned about the resolution days before an initial vote on the measure. He quickly formed a group called UIC Coalition for Peace with fellow students Moshe Rubin and Chloe Schofield, and “immediately created and posted an online petition to try and prevent it.”