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UPDATED: UCI Students Adopt Pro-Palestinian Stance

Student government officials urge the campus to divest from companies believed to support Israeli occupation of Palestine, but the university refuses to do so. Tell us what you think in the comments.

UC Irvine officials Wednesday afternoon rebuffed a request form the student government asking the school to divest itself from companies that allegedly support Israel's occupation of Palestine.

The Associated Students of UC Irvine voted 16-0 Tuesday night for a resolution urging the university to withdraw its investments from Caterpillar, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Raytheon "and other companies profiting from human rights violations in the occupied territories," according to a statement issued Wednesday. However, the university officials responded with a statement, indicating the school would not be changing its policies to suit the students.

“Such divestment is not the policy of the campus, nor is it the policy of the University of California. The UC Board of Regents' policy requires this action only when the U.S. government deems it necessary. No such declaration has been made regarding Israel.”

The student government’s resolution claims the targeted companies have sustained Israel's occupation of Palestine by providing materials used to build Israeli settlements on the West Bank and military checkpoints. GE, it said, manufactures engines for American-made Apache helicopters, which the resolution said have been used in attacks that represent "war crimes" because they involved civilians.

The move comes amid longstanding tensions between Muslim and Jewish students at UCI.

The resolution was drafted in response to a 2005 Palestinian call for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel to force it to comply with international law regarding the Palestinian territories it seized from Jordan in the Six-Day War of June 1967.

"The decision ... clearly shows the strength and integrity of students utilizing their collective power to protect human rights on a global scale and I stand firmly by the students who believe it is their responsibility to have a voice on matters that urge the UC to be an institution that treasures human dignity," said Associated Student President Traci Ishigo.

Sabreen Shalabi, the student representative on the legislative council for the school of social science and co-author of the resolution, compared advocating for Palestinians to the demands of another era "that our universities divest from the terrible crimes of South African apartheid."

To read more about past Jewish-Muslim clashes at UCI, click here or here.

-- City News Service and Patch staff reports

What do you think about the pro-Palestinian stance of UCI's student government? Tell us in the comments.

Phillip Glick November 14, 2012 at 07:37 PM
The PLO and HAMAS are neo-Nazi dictatorships occupying land that belongs to Israel aquired by right of self-defense against an attempted genocide by the Muslims.
steve November 14, 2012 at 08:13 PM
ridiculous. Israel had those lands taken from THEM looooonnnggg before 1967. Can't remember that little point? You mean - "it's ours now" trumps the Palestinian atrocities documented in the Bible? It's NOT Palestine's lands. It's Isreal's. PERIOD.
Earl H.Miller November 14, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Educated morons!!!
MFriedrich November 14, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Israel and Palestine are all the evidence one needs to conclude that God/Allah is without dispute the worst universal real estate broker ever conceived. It takes a certain level of conceit to believe that some luminary being genuinely cares about the welfare of a narrow strip of land (522 sq miles) on the planet earth, and genuinely cares about one tribe (or 12) of humanoids who happen walk upon it, and...nowwait for it...intervenes in the chain human events there for the benefit of one side. Israel is 64 years old this year. They're a senior citizen. It's time they finally act like it.
Charles November 14, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I asked my pastor what my opinion of this should be and how I should feel about it. He told me my opinion should be to let those two entities fight it out because neither one has the right religion. The US needs to get in there and show them the right way and convert them. It's their only hope.
Debbie Corrigan November 14, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Israel "seized" the territories from Jordan in 1967? Think you left out the bit about Israel being attacked by Jordan and all other Arab countries first. Also, why hadn't Jordan created a Palestinian state by then in those "Palestinian territories?" Strangely, an equal number of Jewish refugees from Arab countries were absorbed by tiny Israel WHEN THE ARABS REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE UN's PARTITION PLAN (while the Jews did,) yet all of the Muslim countries in the world refused to accept Palestinian refugees and/or grant them citizenship (except for Jordan.)
Denni Glass November 15, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Palestinians dancing in the street on 9/11: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUIccw2Qj08
Denni Glass November 15, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Israel gives equal rights to women, gays, and people of all religions and races. What other country in the Middle East can say the same? This vote stems from anti-semitism and idiocy. http://www.zionism-israel.com/Israel_Human_Rights-2.htm
Shuja Zaidi November 15, 2012 at 04:31 AM
The best is to resolve the matter among people. Both believe in the same GOD and Pray to same GOD so what's the problem. Can any one discuss peace and love each other, live together peacefully the way we live in our great country USA. Let's Pray that the bloodshed stops for the people of the world.
Shuja Zaidi November 15, 2012 at 04:36 AM
That video was made by BBC during the time when Iraq attached Kuwait in 1990. BBC has challenged both CNN and other channels showing the video on 9/11 for Palestinians dancing. Please have your facts straight. Be honest and fair with those people. Their leaders may be corrupt but people are not stupid to dance on 9/11
Shuja Zaidi November 15, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Charles: your answer was right and USA must intervene to help both the parties with two States living in peace like brothers and helping each other and not destrying each other. WHO is getting the benefit from their fight. Think about it??
Shripathi Kamath November 15, 2012 at 04:40 AM
"Both believe in the same GOD and Pray to same GOD so what's the problem." Isaac and Ishmael. Then again maybe if there was a GOD who loved his kids enough to not let them kill each other, he'd do something. I know that if I had two kids trying to kill each other, I would at least send them to their rooms. Or shout "Hey cut it out!" so clearly that neither would be arguing "he meant you, not me!"
Shuja Zaidi November 15, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Denni: Shuja Zaidi 8:36 pm on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 That video was made by BBC during the time when Iraq attacked Kuwait in 1990. BBC has challenged both CNN and other channels showing the video on 9/11 for Palestinians dancing. Please have your facts straight. Be honest and fair with those people. Their leaders may be corrupt but people are not stupid to dance on 9/11
Shripathi Kamath November 15, 2012 at 04:41 AM
The fiscal cliff is going to raise the retirement age, so 64 is not old enough
Shripathi Kamath November 15, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Forget the Middle East, how many countries in North America can say the same? I do not understand this, are you saying we should side with countries that are most like us in this respect, or ask them to be more like us?
MFriedrich November 15, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Not quite. In January 2012, Israel's Supreme Court upheld a law banning Palestinians who marry Israelis from gaining Israeli citizenship. "Interior Minister Eli Yishai clarified that maintaining a Jewish majority in Israel was also a concern, saying the upheld law would prevent “a situation in which, not too many years hence, we would find yourself [sic] losing the majority, (and) faced with terrorism,” according to Reuters." http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/israel-and-palestine/120112/israel-high-court-upholds-ban-palestinian-spouses
MFriedrich November 15, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Shuja, I'll tell you exactly who is benefiting - the US military industrial complex. $ 3 billion in US government (taxpayer funded) military aid to Israel in 2012.
mike November 15, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Beware citizens of Irvine. I am a graduate of the class of 1987 and began to see these radicals sneak in that far back. They have advanced a hundredfold since then . The 911 attackers were University students and the " Boys next store " and that is why we were could not see it ! Do not be fooled again ! It is happening in Irvive first with the neighborhoods and now with the campus . All hot beds of potential problems down the road . UCI has allowed free speech to go to far and tricks, lies, hate, and phoney word play has taken over the student body . Next it will take over Admissions and Administration ! Remember 911 and the profiles that we now know about the young murderers. Dont be fooled again , it starts at schools like this .
mike November 15, 2012 at 05:33 AM
I mean " Boys next Door " not " Next Store " ( its getting late and I am tired )
Denni Glass November 15, 2012 at 03:10 PM
http://www.snopes.com/rumors/cnn.asp Wrong, Shuja.
Denni Glass November 15, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Wrong. They were dancing in the streets on 9/11. http://www.snopes.com/rumors/cnn.asp
Steve B November 15, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Very well said!
teemhort November 15, 2012 at 07:18 PM
of course palestinian students will take the side of their motherland...this conflict goes much further than the university students...ever heard of reactive ethnicity...the israel attack on gaza just provokes an emotional reaction and making these students feel a greater bond to their ethnic group halfway around the world. so people need to stop fucking using muslims=terrorist/future terrorist bullshit.there is a difference between these muslim American-born activists and people who blow themselves up.
mike November 15, 2012 at 07:26 PM
These students have been allowed here to learn and behave . They would face certain death if the pulled the same crap they are pulling in abusing and confusing the student body with their " we are trying to save our brothers" rhetoric ! We dont want it and the good people of Irvine need to be aware of the danger that awaits them . Americans need to wake up and understand that the people the " Allowed " as a humanitian effort to come here in the late 70's early 80's have created in their children " haters " and " sneaks " who use the Palestinian plight as a way to advance a much more violent agenda . Beware that this newq breed speaks perfect english, listens to rap, is Tech savy , and will go out for a beer with you ! Learn from 911, clean up UCI before it is too late .
mike November 15, 2012 at 07:28 PM
What I mean by " Certain death " Is in their own country or even more accurate " The country of their parents " that we as Americans allowed them to leave and seek refuge to savew their lives !
mike November 15, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Sorry for my typo's
Smokey Bear November 19, 2012 at 05:58 AM
I think those those people at UCI who are against Israel should go there with an open mind & see what the life of the regular people who are just like you & me, have to endure every day. They are forced to deal with all of those enemies, it's as old as the bible. The people of Israel just want a normal, peaceful life, they live in a diverse culture, it is just the terrorists who fired over 300 rockets into Israel who always start it. Israel tries to give them everything, but it is never good enough, the terrorists will never be happy no matter what they do. You can't negociate with terrorists, they are not like you & me. It's true!
bbq November 19, 2012 at 11:27 PM
The American media would have us believe that the Israeli's are just "innocent victims" when that is not the whole story. Israel has literally pushed the Palestinians from their homes, taken the best land and economically brought the Palestinians to their knees. Think about it this way: The U.S. native Americans and Mexicans were pushed out of their own homes and land by us. Think of what it would be like if the UN "gave" California back to the "natives" who then took our homes and pushed us into Arizona with mass weapons supplied by the UN. Would we not fight back to the best of our ability? Both sides are right, and both sides are wrong, in my opinion.

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