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UPDATED: UCI Students Adopt Pro-Palestinian Stance

Student government officials urge the campus to divest from companies believed to support Israeli occupation of Palestine, but the university refuses to do so. Tell us what you think in the comments.

UC Irvine officials Wednesday afternoon rebuffed a request form the student government asking the school to divest itself from companies that allegedly support Israel's occupation of Palestine.

The Associated Students of UC Irvine voted 16-0 Tuesday night for a resolution urging the university to withdraw its investments from Caterpillar, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Raytheon "and other companies profiting from human rights violations in the occupied territories," according to a statement issued Wednesday. However, the university officials responded with a statement, indicating the school would not be changing its policies to suit the students.

“Such divestment is not the policy of the campus, nor is it the policy of the University of California. The UC Board of Regents' policy requires this action only when the U.S. government deems it necessary. No such declaration has been made regarding Israel.”

The student government’s resolution claims the targeted companies have sustained Israel's occupation of Palestine by providing materials used to build Israeli settlements on the West Bank and military checkpoints. GE, it said, manufactures engines for American-made Apache helicopters, which the resolution said have been used in attacks that represent "war crimes" because they involved civilians.

The move comes amid longstanding tensions between Muslim and Jewish students at UCI.

The resolution was drafted in response to a 2005 Palestinian call for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel to force it to comply with international law regarding the Palestinian territories it seized from Jordan in the Six-Day War of June 1967.

"The decision ... clearly shows the strength and integrity of students utilizing their collective power to protect human rights on a global scale and I stand firmly by the students who believe it is their responsibility to have a voice on matters that urge the UC to be an institution that treasures human dignity," said Associated Student President Traci Ishigo.

Sabreen Shalabi, the student representative on the legislative council for the school of social science and co-author of the resolution, compared advocating for Palestinians to the demands of another era "that our universities divest from the terrible crimes of South African apartheid."

To read more about past Jewish-Muslim clashes at UCI, click here or here.

-- City News Service and Patch staff reports

What do you think about the pro-Palestinian stance of UCI's student government? Tell us in the comments.

mike November 15, 2012 at 07:26 PM
These students have been allowed here to learn and behave . They would face certain death if the pulled the same crap they are pulling in abusing and confusing the student body with their " we are trying to save our brothers" rhetoric ! We dont want it and the good people of Irvine need to be aware of the danger that awaits them . Americans need to wake up and understand that the people the " Allowed " as a humanitian effort to come here in the late 70's early 80's have created in their children " haters " and " sneaks " who use the Palestinian plight as a way to advance a much more violent agenda . Beware that this newq breed speaks perfect english, listens to rap, is Tech savy , and will go out for a beer with you ! Learn from 911, clean up UCI before it is too late .
mike November 15, 2012 at 07:28 PM
What I mean by " Certain death " Is in their own country or even more accurate " The country of their parents " that we as Americans allowed them to leave and seek refuge to savew their lives !
mike November 15, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Sorry for my typo's
Smokey Bear November 19, 2012 at 05:58 AM
I think those those people at UCI who are against Israel should go there with an open mind & see what the life of the regular people who are just like you & me, have to endure every day. They are forced to deal with all of those enemies, it's as old as the bible. The people of Israel just want a normal, peaceful life, they live in a diverse culture, it is just the terrorists who fired over 300 rockets into Israel who always start it. Israel tries to give them everything, but it is never good enough, the terrorists will never be happy no matter what they do. You can't negociate with terrorists, they are not like you & me. It's true!
bbq November 19, 2012 at 11:27 PM
The American media would have us believe that the Israeli's are just "innocent victims" when that is not the whole story. Israel has literally pushed the Palestinians from their homes, taken the best land and economically brought the Palestinians to their knees. Think about it this way: The U.S. native Americans and Mexicans were pushed out of their own homes and land by us. Think of what it would be like if the UN "gave" California back to the "natives" who then took our homes and pushed us into Arizona with mass weapons supplied by the UN. Would we not fight back to the best of our ability? Both sides are right, and both sides are wrong, in my opinion.

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