University students postpone anti-Israel vote

Thursday, April 13, 2017
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Israeli flagAfter hours of heated debate, the student government at the University of Wisconsin postponed voting on a resolution targeting Israel and its trade status.

The resolution asked the school to divest from corporations complicit in human rights violations, part of the so-called BDS movement that remains a presence on college campuses.

The debate got especially contentious when it focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Tammi Rossman Benjamin of AMCHA says such debates foster anti-Semitism in the form of vandalism, harassment, and suppression of free speech.

It's hard to predict, she says, if the student government will reintroduce the proposal since it was postponed. If it failed it would return.

"But tabling it indefinitely? It's not clear what that means," she observes. "I guess we have to definitely keep our eyes on it and on the school and on the groups that promoted this, particularly the Students for Justice in Palestine."

The resolution came down to a close vote. ASM members voted 13-to-12, with one absention, to postpone the vote, the Badger Herald student newspaper reported.

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