U.C. Davis student court overturns divestment resolution


(j. weekly via JTA) — An Israel divestment resolution passed at the University of California, Davis, by the student senate was overturned by the university’s Court of Associated Students.

On Thursday, the court ruled 5-0 with one abstention in favor of Jonathan Mitchell, who had filed a case with the court contending that the Associated Students U.C. Davis had failed to adhere to its own constitution in passing the Israel divestment resolution. The resolution had passed with eight votes for and two against, with two abstentions, on Jan. 29.

The court ruling found that any legislation passed by the senate, even those on politically related issues, “can and must be primarily concerning student welfare.” The court found the divestment resolution “to be PRIMARILY a political document and did not deal with student welfare to the extent that allowed the ASUCD Senate jurisdiction to pass.”

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