City University of NY doctoral students back academic boycott of Israel

A similar resolution failed in 2014, with 31 students voting in favor, 25 voting against and 10 abstaining.

By JTA
April 17, 2016 21:04
1 minute read.
CUNY Graduate Center

CUNY Graduate Center. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For a symbolic $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Don't show it again

A group of doctoral students at the City University of New York passed a resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israel.


The Doctoral Students’ Council resolution, which called to “boycott Israeli academic institutions for as long as the Israeli state continues to violate Palestinian rights under international law,” passed on Friday afternoon with 42 students voting in favor and 19 opposed, with 9 abstentions. The council represents nearly 5,000 graduate students.


Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The resolution also expressed support for the campus organization Students for Justice in Palestine, the New York Daily News reported.


Jack Martins, a Republican state senator representing Nassau County, called the resolution “hate speech.” He added that the group stacked the deck in favor of the resolution by calling the vote so close to the Jewish Sabbath.


“Their effort to silence any opposition by scheduling the vote for this Friday during the Sabbath, when observant Jews cannot attend to voice their concerns, is no coincidence,” Martins wrote in a letter to CUNY Chancellor James Milliken, adding that the resolution was “disgusting and shameful.”


Milliken has said he opposes an academic boycott of Israel.


“Other CUNY leaders and I have consistently and publicly opposed a boycott of Israel institutions of higher education,” Milliken wrote in a letter to the Jewish Daily Forward, the news website reported. Milliken also said that the graduate students’ support for an academic boycott of Israel would not change CUNY’s policy, which is governed by the board of trustees.




A similar resolution failed in 2014, with 31 students voting in favor, 25 voting against and 10 abstaining.


Earlier in the week, the student government at the University of Chicago approved an Israel divestment resolution sponsored by the UofC Divest student organization in an 8-4 vote with 3 abstentions.


The resolution, Resolution to Divest University Funds from Apartheid, calls for the University Office of Investment, which manages portfolios totaling $8.7 billion, to divest from 10 companies that it says profit from “apartheid” against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The companies include Boeing, Caterpillar, General Electric and Motorola.


Following the vote, the university issued a statement reaffirming its position against divestment and academic boycotts.


“The University of Chicago will not divest from companies for doing business in Israel and opposes academic boycotts aimed at specific nations, including Israel,” the statement read.


Related Content

A gypsy family is seen sitting in front of a scree
June 25, 2018
In Europe, the targeting of Roma sets off alarm bells for Jews

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA