The Associated Students of UC Irvine voted unanimously yesterday afternoon to divest from companies that directly profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It was an important move in line with Palestinian civil society’s call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions — otherwise known as BDS - against the state of Israel.
As a press statement notes today, “With 16 votes in favor, 0 abstentions, and 0 opposed, the elected undergraduate student representatives of the University of California Irvine unanimously passed a resolution urging the University to withdraw its investment funds from Caterpillar, General Electric Company, Hewlett Packard, Raytheon, and other companies profiting from human rights violations in the occupied territories. The students also pledged to further examine UC assets for investments in companies that profit from human rights abuses anywhere in the world.”
The above video captures the vote that the group Irvine Divest is describing as historic.
Sabreen Shalabi, the student representative on the legislative council for the school of social science and co-author of the legislation said, “I am very proud of my fellow council members and of the students at our University. Our work today stands tall in the noble tradition of students advocating for justice, joining the ranks of those brave and visionary students who demanded that our Universities divest from the terrible crimes of South African apartheid.”
Congratulations to the students of UC Irvine!