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Saturday, September 13, 2014

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.
Despite 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 the resolution.
 “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.”
The 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. 

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At 11:22 PM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

Ouch! My husband went to City College when it meant something. He is not happy about today's CCNY... At least it is postponed for now. Sad how many universoties are turning left....Brandeis really makes me want to cry! I remember when they first opened, and PM Ben Gurion OBM spoke outside, as the buildings were not quite finished. We were taken there from my Hebrew School class. I forgot my camera, and felt like crying!

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Abe Bird said...

Why Jewish and other pro-Israel groups don't boycott the boycotters and their supporters. It is time to publish the name of business men and companies that take action in boycott Israel and do to them what they do on us.


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