The movement on the part of student governments to issue resolutions supporting divestment from companies in connection with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict heated up this week, with results that are sure to be the source of continuing contention.
The University of Michigan’s Central Student Government on Wednesday rejected a resolution calling for the university to divest from companies that allegedly have supported human rights violations against Palestinians, the Ann Arbor News reported. The 25-9 vote against the resolution came after a weeklong sit-in by the resolution’s advocates.
Meanwhile, the president of the United Student Government Association at Loyola University, in Chicago, vetoed a similar divestment resolution that the association had passed by a 12-10 margin, with nine abstentions, JNS.org reported. The student government president, Pedro Guerrero, cited what he described as the undemocratic way in which the resolution was introduced and the harm it had caused to the university community, among other concerns, in a veto message.
The Loyola student government, which has already taken two votes on the resolution -- the first passed by an even wider margin of 26-0, with two abstentions -- needs a two-thirds majority to override Guerrero's veto.