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University of California reportedly endorses divestment

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Posted on Mar. 18, 2010 at 11:43 am

The student government at the University of California, Berkeley reportedly endorsed a divestment bill.

The Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley passed the bill by a wide margin early Thursday morning, it was reported.

The Daily Californian had reported that the association was considering the bill late Wednesday night.

The bill urges the university to divest from companies that supplied Israel with materials allegedly used to perpetrate war crimes. It targets the university’s investments of $135 million in five companies, such as Hewlett-Packard and General Electric, that supply Israel with electronics and weapons.

As with other divestment pushes, supporters of the measure contend that the investments enable Israel to commit atrocities and war crimes. Opponents claim that they single out Israel for unfair treatment.

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