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  • Student committee votes 10-0 to delay confirmation of Jewish UCLA student to Board of Regents

    By Jared Sichel

    July 4, 2014 | 12:48 am

    A group that represents the University of California’s student body further highlighted how this state has become the flashpoint for the Israeli-Palestinian debate on American campuses when it requested that the powerful UC Board of Regents delay its confirmation of Avi Oved, a...

  • Presbyterians delete sale of anti-Zionist tract from website

    June 30, 2014 | 10:08 am

    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) removed the sale of an anti-Zionist tract from its website.

    The move comes a week after the church voted to divest from three companies that do business with Israel’s security sector in the West Bank.

    “Effective immediately, the publication...

  • Does the Presbyterian divestment have widespread support among pastors? ‘Hell no’

    By Jared Sichel

    June 24, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    In Rev. Drew Sams’ Sunday sermon before his congregation at Bel Air Presbyterian Church on June 22 — just two days after the national umbrella organization of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) endorsed divestment from three companies that do business in Israel — Sams registered...

  • Netanyahu, speaking to Jewish journalists, slams Presbyterian divestment

    June 23, 2014 | 9:32 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) vote to divest from three companies that do business with Israeli West Bank security forces.

    Netanyahu, speaking Sunday to Jewish journalists from around the world at the inaugural Jewish...

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  • Presbyterians vote 310-to-303 for Israel ‘Occupation’ divestment

    June 20, 2014 | 6:39 pm

    The American Presbyterian church voted Friday by a slim 310-303 margin to divest itself of holdings in three companies accused of supporting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.

    The measure, which is a victory for the boycott Israel movement, means the church will sell...

  • Presbyterian Church committee advances divestment resolution

    June 18, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    A committee of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) passed a resolution endorsing divestment from three U.S. companies that “profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.”

    The Middle East Issues Committee, in a 45-20 vote on June 17 at the church’s 221st General Assembly,...

  • Campus divestment votes surge, but pro-Palestinian activists don’t get many wins

    April 30, 2014 | 8:56 am

    On Twitter, pro-Palestinian activists dubbed it “DivestApalooza.”

    Student governments at three Southern California public universities all voted on divestment resolutions targeting Israel in a single day.

    The April 23 votes were part of a surge in student governments at...

  • Calif. board votes in student leader of BDS movement as regent

    July 17, 2013 | 1:55 pm

    A student leader in the anti-Israel divestment campaign at the University of California, Berkeley, was elected to serve on the University of California system’s Board of Regents.

    Sadia Saifuddin, a student senator at Berkeley, was voted in by the board on Wednesday as a regent...

  • Student leader in BDS movement up for regent post in Calif. system

    July 16, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    A student leader in the anti-Israel divestment campaign at the University of California, Berkeley, is a candidate for student regent in the University of California system.

    Sadia Saifuddin, a student senator at Berkeley, is up against two other students for a regents post in...

  • Attempted divestment at UCSB and the BDS machine

    May 13, 2013 | 10:49 am

    Over the last month the UC Santa Barbara student government has been voting on a resolution to divest from companies doing business with Israel. As a UCSB graduate and former student leader, I spoke at two senate hearings and worked with current students to defeat the resolution....

  • Oberlin College Student Senate endorses divestment resolution

    May 7, 2013 | 10:56 am

    The Oberlin College Student Senate endorsed a resolution that calls for the college to divest from six companies that do business in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and Gaza.

    Following a three-hour discussion, the resolution was approved "by majority" on Monday, the Oberlin...

  • Cal-Berkeley student senate passes divestment measure

    April 18, 2013 | 4:02 pm

    A student senate at the University of California, Berkeley narrowly passed a measure calling on the school to divest from three companies with dealings in the West Bank.

    Following 10 hours of sometimes heated debate, the Associated Students of the University of California senate...

  • U.C. Riverside student govt. rescinds Israel divestment resolution

    April 4, 2013 | 3:21 pm

    The student government of the University of California, Riverside, rescinded a decision to divest from Israel.

    The Associated Student Government's Student Senate on Wednesday voted 10-2 to cancel the March 6 resolution that called on the school to withdraw funds from companies...

  • UC Irvine student divestment vote rejected by school officials

    By Tom Tugend

    November 15, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    A resolution passed by the UC Irvine undergraduate student council calling on the university to divest from companies that “profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestine” has been rejected by the UCI administration.

    At the same time, leaders of the Orange County Jewish community...

  • UC-Irvine student senate approves non-binding divestment resolution on Israel

    November 14, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    [UPDATE, NOV. 15] A resolution passed by the UC Irvine undergraduate student council calling on the university to divest from companies that “profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestine,” has been rejected by the UCI administration. More.

    [NOV. 14] The student senate of the...

  • Quaker group divests from companies working in Israel

    September 28, 2012 | 11:52 am

    A Quaker group has removed a French and an American company from its financial portfolio due to what it calls the companies’ involvement with Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.

    Friends Fiduciary Corporation will drop the French multinational corporation Veolia Environment...

  • Univ. of California student group raps moves to censure boycott efforts

    September 19, 2012 | 1:31 pm

    The University of California Student Association voted to condemn attempts to censure boycott and divestment efforts by Palestinian human rights activists.

    The unanimous resolution passed Sept. 15 also demands that the university stop profiting from what it termed Israel’s human...

  • Look between the headlines to understand the Presbyterians' vote

    July 16, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    The Presbyterian Church (USA)’s 220th General Assembly had just cast its first vote on an anti-Israel divestment resolution when the spin began. Major news outlets and activists on each side could hardly wait for the debate to finish the next day before declaring winners and...

  • Presbyterian Church’s narrow rejection of divestment unlikely to slow anti-Israel push

    July 6, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    Proponents of using economic pressure to force Israel out of the West Bank may have lost a key battle this week – by a hair’s breadth – but they have no intention of giving up.

    That’s the message from backers of a divestment motion at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian...

  • Presbyterians narrowly reject divestment

    July 6, 2012 | 9:00 am

    In a narrow vote, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) rejected divestment from companies doing business with Israeli security forces in the West Bank.

    The 333-331 vote, with two abstentions, in Pittsburgh late Thursday was the closest that the boycott, divestment...

  • Note to boycotters: Israel is not a thief

    By David Suissa

    July 3, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    There is an obvious way to respond to author Alice Walker’s refusal to allow her novel “The Color Purple” to be translated into Hebrew. In case you missed it, Walker accused Israel of being “guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and...

  • Presbyterian committee approves Israel divestment

    July 3, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    The country’s largest Presbyterian church has agreed to vote by week’s end on divesting its portfolio from three companies that it is says has resisted the request to stop providing services that aid Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

    The Presbyterian Church (USA) General...

  • Boycott, divestment and sanctions put allies at odds

    July 3, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    As a long-time advocate for peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I am pained that frustration over failure to achieve a just and lasting peace has led allies in the struggle to end up at odds over tactics like boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

    Two years...

  • Methodists reject divestment motion

    May 2, 2012 | 5:53 pm

    The general conference of the United Methodist Church voted not to divest from three companies that trade with Israel.

    Two-thirds of the approximately 1,000 delegates to the conference voted Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., against a motion to divest from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions...

  • Presbyterians to reconsider divestment from companies in Israel

    September 15, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    A decision by a group within the Presbyterian Church USA to reintroduce a resolution calling for divestment from companies doing business with Israel is reopening a long-running controversy over the church’s positions on Israel.

    The church’s Committee on Mission Responsibility...

  • Presbyterian Church again talking divestment

    September 14, 2011 | 11:40 am

    A committee within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has reopened controversy by recommending that the church divest from three companies doing business with Israel.

    The church’s Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment released a report Sept. 9 arguing that the General...

  • The sinister one-two punch: Creating hatred again

    March 9, 2011 | 10:52 am

    The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against the state of Israel is nothing new.

    Prejudice, isolation and punishment of Jews, an earlier form of BDS has recurred over the past 2,000 years. In Europe and the Middle East, Jewish people were isolated, demonized, and...

  • Put some teeth into Iran divestment

    February 2, 2011 | 1:01 pm

    Today was a difficult day. I met with Iranian dissidents, former political prisoners who had been tortured by the current regime. Seeing their scars was particularly difficult for me. But the stories of these people just personalized for me what I already understood about modern-day...

  • UC-San Diego Hillel director reflects on divestment battle

    August 17, 2010 | 11:09 am

    Last April, Keri Copans, Hillel’s campus director at the University of California, San Diego, learned that a measure was about to come before her student government asking the university to divest from companies that do business with “occupying” powers.

    The bill didn’t mention...

  • Hillel students and professionals gear up to face anti-Israel campus activism

    August 17, 2010 | 11:06 am

    Amanda Boris is nervous about what she’ll face when classes resume at the University of Wisconsin later this month.

    “There’s an uncomfortable amount of anti-Semitism on my campus,” said the incoming senior.

    Last year, her campus newspaper ran an ad from a notorious...

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