The resolution was endorsed by a coalition of student groups including
Students for Justice in Palestine.
Jewish Voice for Peace Chicago
Students for the Advancement of Freedom, Equality & Human Rights
United Students Against Sweatshops
Black Student Union
Fearless Undocumented Alliance
Mexican Students de Aztlan
Pakistani Student Organization
Union for Puerto Rican Students
Political Science Student Union
Hindu Student Council
United Muslim Relief
Muslim Student Association .
Palestine Children's Relief Fund
Powerlifting and Body Building
Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects
Delta Epsilon Mu-Psi Fraternity
Delta Xi Phi Sorority
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
Quality Rights Chicago
The resolution that passed replaced a BDS resolution focusing solely on Israel.
That didn't keep JVP's Liza Behrendt from doing a victory dance
From Legal Insurrection
But passage of the resolution isn’t the real story. The real story is that the resolution that passed did not single out Israel, and applied to any and all alleged human rights abuses anywhere in the world, specifically also mentioning the United States, China, Britain and other countries. As such, the watered-down resolution amounted to a universal statement of principles, not a condemnation of Israel....
They wanted Israel singled out, demonized and dehumanized. But that effort was recognized as discriminatory, and SJP was compelled to negotiate a watered-down, generalized statement which included Israel, but other countries and even the City of Chicago.
Considering that the deck was stacked against Israel, this has to be viewed as a victory and may serve as a model for opposing BDS at similar campuses where an outright defeat of any anti-Israel resolution is unlikely.
The divestment effort at UIC was purely symbolic. Student government, and indeed the administration, have no control over University investment strategy.
Nonetheless, symbolism matters. As demonstrated, anti-Israel activists declare victory even when they outright or effectively lose. And so long as they can single out and demonize Israel, they consider the effort worth it.
The Achilles Heel of the campus BDS movement is that they refuse to live by their own rules. If they believe in intersectionality, then they equally have to boycott their own universities and country. They either have to expand their resolutions to the point of absurdity, or they have to be revealed for what they really are.
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