For immediate release:
Focus on Special Interests Distracts from Student Concerns
Los Angeles, CA November 19, 2014:
Last night, the UCLA Undergraduate Students Association (USAC) heard an anti-Israel “divestment” resolution. This vote represents one of several attempts by a small, vocal coalition of students to improperly utilize student government to purport to speak for the entire undergraduate community.
We, the leaders of the Jewish community at UCLA, have joined together with a diverse array of thousands of undergraduates at UCLA who strongly object to this invalid and ineffective use of our student government. USAC is not the forum for unrepresentative special interest groups to push their perspectives on international issues. Today, we speak for the true majority at UCLA who reject this charade. USAC should advocate for all students.
Furthermore, this resolution is part of the global BDS movement, which delegitimizes Israel and is misleading on complex issues. Whereas we stand for a negotiated two-state solution which addresses Palestinian and Jewish self-determination and human rights, the global BDS movement offers no vision for a peaceful end to this conflict. This resolution also holds Israel to a double standard--the UC has thousands of investments around the world, yet USAC is focusing on the only Jewish State in the world.
Jewish life will continue to remain strong at UCLA irrespective of the results of tonight’s misguided initiative. We will continue to focus on building rather than destroying, hoping that one day we will be able to reach across the aisle like activists have done throughout history to elevate all of our campus communities.
Signed: Natalie Charney, Hillel at UCLA Student Board President, Eytan Davidovits, President, Bruins for Israel, Omer Hit, Vice President, Bruins for Israel, Gil Bar-Or, President, J Street U, Tammy Rubin, President Emeritus, Hillel at UCLA