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ADL Praises University of Michigan Student Government for Defeating Resolution Calling for Divestment from Israel

Michigan, March 26, 2014… The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today praised the University of Michigan Central Student Government (CSG) for defeating a resolution which called upon the University to divest from a variety of companies doing business with Israel, and expressed deep concern regarding alleged harassment of students in connection with the vote.

“After extensive debate on the matter, CSG has made clear, with a 25 to 9 vote, that that there is no place for this divisive resolution on campus,” said Heidi Budaj, ADL Michigan Regional Director.  “These types of resolutions seek to isolate and punish Israel and do nothing to advance the cause of peace. We are pleased to see that University of Michigan students are rejecting this strategy. We hope that they will instead devote their energies to advancing initiatives that foster reconciliation and a two-state solution.”

“However, we are shocked and deeply concerned that in connection with this vote, several CGS student representatives were allegedly threatened, harassed, and called anti-Semitic slurs, such as ‘kike’ and ‘dirty Jew.’  Intimidation tactics have no place in civil discourse, particularly in a university campus context.  We commend the administration for investigating these incidents and taking steps to ensure the safety of all students.”

In recent years, non-binding divestment resolutions have been considered at a number of college campuses. On every occasion, the vote has either failed or has been immediately rejected by the university’s administration.