BDS referendum voted down by Columbia student council

Critics of the resolution said its wording would divide students, especially using the term “apartheid,” to describe Israel.

By JTA
April 4, 2017 09:51
Israel Apartheid Week at Columbia University.

Israel Apartheid Week at Columbia University.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

NEW YORK— A student council at a Columbia University college voted not to add a question asking about support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to a student referendum.

The Columbia College council decided Monday that it would not include the resolution, which was proposed by the student group Apartheid Divest, to the ballot, according to The Columbia Spectator.

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Critics of the resolution said its wording would divide students, especially using the term “apartheid,” to describe Israel. Proponents said it was not intended to change anyone’s opinion but rather that the results would provide information that could be used to encourage divestment from Israel, the Columbia Spectator reported.

Prior to the vote, council members heard presentations from various student groups, including Columbia University Apartheid Divest, Students Supporting Israel, Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace.


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