Email: | Phone: 0097(0)2-298-2059

Right to Education

Successful divestment campaign at University California at Riverside

Written by admin  •  Saturday, 09.03.2013, 13:03

BDS at universities in the United States has becoming a hot topic. Over the last week, the University of California at Riverside’s (UCR) student council successfully voted in a resolution to divest from Israel at a vote held on March 6th; Stanford University student council failed to vote for divestment; and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) held a discussion and a vote is slated for next week.

The success of the vote at UCR and the following debate at USCD has led politicians in California to take note, and disappointingly, weigh in against divestment.

In an interview with Electronic Intifada, Shadi Matar and Amal Ali of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) discuss their successful campaign, which won 11-5 in their student senate vote.  Matar recommended getting involved in a divestment campaign regardless of the campus’s  political leaning, be it Zionist or split, the idea being just to get a conversation started that held the potential to get more people  involved.

Although the University itself has not divested from the highest level, the students are in talks with the chancellor of UCR to take the issue further.

More Articles

  • Application to participate in the...

    The Right to Education Campaign – Birzeit...

  • By admin • Mar 03 Read More »

    Related Posts

    • Palestinian Universities and Everyday Life under Occupation

      Palestinian Universities and Everyday Life under Occupation Why boycotts make sense to many. By Kamala Visweswaran   On my last night in the old city of Jerusalem, I enter through the...

    • Criticising Israel: A risky business

      Free speech? In the ‘liberal’ West of North America and Europe the value of free speech and open discussion is often touted as a lynch-pin of liberal democracies. These values are scarcely...

    • State council seeks to shut down ‘leftist’...

      In an unprecedented move, the Council for Higher Education will vote on shutting down the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University, which has been the target of right-wing...

    To Top