Ohio State re­jects BDS res­o­lu­tion to boy­cott Sabra prod­ucts, Is­raeli aca­demics

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By YVETTE J. DEANE

A res­o­lu­tion to di­vest from and boy­cott Is­raeli prod­ucts and uni­ver­si­ties was re­jected by Ohio State Univer­sity on Thurs­day with 33 against the move and only 7 in fa­vor.

The mo­tion called to “di­vest from and boy­cott G4S, Cater­pil­lar Inc.., Sabra Dip­ping Com­pany, and Hewlett-Packard – all of which ben­e­fit from the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tine.”

The stu­dents called for the di­vest­ment be­cause of Ohio State’s $3.6 bil­lion en­dow­ment fund and $6.1b. in rev­enue, some of which is in­vested in those three com­pa­nies.

“We are proud of stu­dents who stood up to this cam­paign of hate and de­feated a big­oted res­o­lu­tion full of mis­lead­ing claims,” StandWithUs CEO Roz Roth­stein said. “BDS only serves to fuel the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict and deepen di­vi­sions be­tween stu­dents on cam­pus.”

The In­ter­na­tional So­cial­ist Or­ga­ni­za­tion was heav­ily in­volved in the cam­paign for the di­vest­ment, ac­cord­ing to StandWithUs. “It is dis­turb­ing that the In­ter­na­tional So­cial­ist Or­ga­ni­za­tion – an off cam­pus group – was heav­ily in­volved in this cam­paign,” said Ron Krudo, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of cam­pus af­fairs at StandWithUs. “The ISO has pro­moted ‘un­con­di­tional sup­port’ for Ha­mas and de­nied that an­tisemitism is a prob­lem in the Bri­tish Labour Party. It’s en­cour­ag­ing that the stu­dent gov­ern­ment re­jected their hate­ful agenda.”

The In­ter­na­tional So­cial­ist Or­ga­ni­za­tion is a group of so­cial­ists who claim to fight “op­pres­sion and fight for a world cen­tered around hu­man need, not cor­po­rate greed.” Their Colum­bus branch is cur­rently lo­cated in Ohio State Univer­sity.

While live-stream­ing the vote, the In­ter­na­tional So­cial­ist Or­ga­ni­za­tion-Colum­bus cri­tiqued the re­sults of the vote and posted: “The pass­ing of BDS mea­sures in uni­ver­si­ties does not lead to an­tisemitism. In fact the in­ter­na­tional Left has been the most ar­dent op­po­nent of an­tisemitism and the op­pres­sion of Pales­tini­ans.”

“All the ar­gu­ments of our op­po­si­tion are based on lies, slan­der, mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion, and out-and-out racism and is­lam­o­pho­bia,” the group wrote. “The Trump regime is a main com­po­nent in the rise of an­tisemitism, not BDS.”

The group also claimed that many or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing Jewish ones, sup­ported the Ohio State coali­tion for BDS.

The Un­der­grad­u­ate Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment pub­lished a state­ment that they were con­cerned about the “ex­clu­sion­ary lan­guage used” in the res­o­lu­tion and be­lieve the leg­is­la­tion “goes against the mis­sion and val­ues of our univer­sity.”

StandWithUS is a non-profit Is­rael ad­vo­cacy group, with an em­pha­sis on fight­ing BDS, Boy­cott, Di­vest­ment and Sanc­tions, on col­lege cam­puses.

The Ohio State vote fol­lows a string of sim­i­lar votes on whether to boy­cott Is­rael across col­lege cam­puses in the United States, with many pro-Is­rael ac­tivists in uni­ver­si­ties strug­gling with how to ad­dress the is­sue.

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