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A resolution to divest from and boycott Israeli products and universities was rejected at Ohio State University on Thursday with 7 in favor and 33 against.
The motion called to “divest from, and boycott G4S, Caterpillar Inc.., Sabra Dipping Company, and Hewlett-Packard- all of which benefit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine.”
The students called for the divestment because of Ohio State’s $3.6 billion endowment fund and $6.1 billion in revenue, some of which is invested in those three companies.
“We are proud of students who stood up to this campaign of hate and defeated a bigoted resolution full of misleading claims,” StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein said. “BDS only serves to fuel the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and deepen divisions between students on campus.”
The International Socialist Organization was heavily involved in the campaign for the divestment, according to StandWithUs,
“It is disturbing that the International Socialist Organization – an off campus group – was heavily involved in this campaign,” said Ron Krudo, Executive Director of Campus Affairs at StandWithUs. “The ISO has promoted ‘unconditional support’ for Hamas and denied that anti-Semitism is a problem in the British Labour Party. It’s encouraging that the student government rejected their hateful agenda.”
The International Socialist Organization is a group of socialists who want to fight “oppression and fight for a world centered around human need, not corporate greed.” Their Columbus branch is currently located in Ohio State University.
While live streaming the vote, The International Socialist Organization – Columbus, critiqued the results of the vote and posted, “The passing of BDS measures in universities does not lead to anti-Semitism. In fact the international left has been the most ardent opponent of anti-semitism and the oppression of Palestinians.”
“All the arguments of our opposition are based on lies, slander, misrepresentation, and our-and-out racism and islamophobia,” the group wrote. “The Trump regime is a main component in the rise of anti-semitism, not BDS”
The group also argued that many organizations, including Jewish ones supported the Ohio State Coalition for BDS.
The Undergraduate Student Government published a statement that they were concerned about the “exclusionary language used,” of the resolution and believes the legislation “goes against the mission and values of our university.”
— Shamina Merchant (@mina_merchant) December 5, 2018
StandWithUS is a non-profit Israel advocacy group, with an emphasis on fighting BDS, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, on college campuses.
This vote follows a string of votes across college campuses, where many universities are struggling with how to address the issue.
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