March 19, 2013 4 Comments
My alma mater – UC-San Diego – was center stage for the Arab-Israeli conflict last week after the Associated Students passed a divestment bill condemning Israel for “so-called human rights violations.” It was passed by a secret vote 20-2. (What every happened to transparency?)
Here are my thoughts in The Daily Caller:
Student government meetings are no place for parsing out the Arab-Israeli conflict, said one recent graduate.
“Universities shouldn’t become center stage for the Arab-Israeli conflict,” said Gabriella Hoffman, a 2012 UCSD graduate, in an email to The Daily Caller News Foundation. She added that passing divestment resolutions gives legitimacy to anti-Semitic viewpoints on campus.
During her time at the university, Hoffman worked to prevent the ASUCSD from approving such resolutions.
“Many pro-Israel and Jewish students and community members–including professors and activists–worked together to ensure that divestment wouldn’t pass,” she wrote. “As a result, they were always rejected.”
Sister campuses UC-Riverside and UC-Irvine also passed divestment bills in their respective student government bodies. Although defeated in previous years, the passage of divestment at the University of California is a very troubling trend in higher education.
UCSD still won’t be receiving any alumni money from me.
- UC San Diego council seeks divestment from firms with West Bank ties (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- Anti-Semitism at UCSD (americanthinker.com)