U.C. Santa Cruz student government passes divestment resolution

(JTA) — The University of California, Santa Cruz student government passed a resolution calling for divestment from companies that do business with the Israeli military.

The nonbinding resolution calls on the university to divest from companies including Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard and General Electric that it accuses of profiting from violations of international law and human rights abuses against the Palestinians. The resolution was passed on May 28.

The Santa Cruz Committee for Justice in Palestine brought the resolution to the U.C. Santa Cruz Student Union Assembly.

A student activist opposed to the measure said he felt it was not a student-led effort.

“The notable difference I saw was that people speaking against the resolution were, with one exception, current students,” Jesse Barush told j. Weekly. “On the other side, there was a large number of [former] students. This is an undergraduate student assembly supposed to represent undergrads at Santa Cruz. It’s not a place for somebody who graduated 40 years ago.”

The 22-14 vote came weeks after a similar resolution was narrowly defeated at U.C. Davis.

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