BDS vote at CUNY postponed
On Friday, I reported that a vote on boycotting Israel was scheduled for 6:00 pm Friday night
at the City University of New York. After a lengthy debate, that vote was postponed
After a lengthy heated debate on Friday evening, that included
additional time for both sides to present the arguments, a motion was
eventually passed to table the resolution for a future date.
the vote's difficult timing for observant Jews, a number of pro-Israel
groups also turned out to support CUNY students and faculty who opposed
“It is a routine tactic of the BDS movement to
hold votes on or around Jewish holidays in order to shut out pro-Israel
voices,” Jacob Baime, Executive Director of the Israel on Campus
Coalition – who attended the Friday evening vote – told JNS.org. “When the facts are known, BDS fails.”
proposed resolution, which is titled “The Endorsement of Boycott of
Israeli Academic Institutions”, called on the CUNY system to endorse a
“boycott of Israeli academic institutions and the divestment from
Israeli companies” as well as ending academic partnerships with Israeli
institutions such as the one between Baruch College and Israel’s College
of Management and Academic Studies.
The resolution also expresses
support for “Palestinian students and academics in their struggle
against the Zionist policies of the Israeli state and its restrictions.”
Baime added that he is proud of the CUNY students and faculty for their strong showing despite having little time to prepare.
We're not out of the woods on this one yet. But it's promising.
Labels: BDS, City University of New York, New York City