Israel BDS opposed by UTexas student assembly

Earlier this spring, a Palestinian student group at the University of Texas tried to get the school’s student assembly to urge the university to sell stock it owns in five corporations the group claimed “facilitate in the oppression of the Palestinian people by the State of Israel.”

The group wanted UT to join the University of California whose student government voted 11-1 in February in favor of the Israel BDS (boycott, divest, & sanctions) movement. Instead, “after weeks of contentious debate,” according to the Daily Texan student newspaper, the UT assembly voted 23-11 against the idea.

Not that approval would have had any practical effect as the university investors have long said they don’t use political or social issues in their decisions. Likewise the California board of regents opposes such consideration and will ignore the UC vote. But a BDS victory at UT, as did the victory at UC, could have had large political implications.

The accused corporations at UT: Alstom, Cemex, Hewlett-Packard, Proctor & Gamble, and United Technologies.

Via The Jewish Outlook.

2 responses to “Israel BDS opposed by UTexas student assembly

  1. There is a new law in the works in Congress that is going to put a serious dent in all these BDS gangs’ efforts. I just don’t seem to be able to get a link in English, but it’s gonna be a smasher.

  2. Haven’t seen anything on that but can imagine it has to do with foreign policy being in the province of the feds, not public/private institutions. With which I am not entirely sympathetic, even in this situation. The feds already presume too much.