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    2/25/2014 8:24:18 PM Posted by Ashley Pratte


    Last night UCLA's Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) in a 7-5 vote defeated an anti-Israel resolution that calls for the UC Regents to divest from five companies that deal with the state of Israel.

    The resolution, authored by the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) specifically highlights its opposition to checkpoints and the security barrier in the disputed territories of Israel.

    This resolution represents the broader Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a global effort to pressure organizations and firms to divest funds from companies that support the economy in Israel's disputed territories.

    The BDS movement is led by radical Omar Barghouti, who has repeatedly voiced his opposition to Israel's very existence and stated that BDS' demands will result in "a Palestine next to a Palestine", eliminating Jewish self-determination in the state.

    YAF activist William Chakar, who leads the coalition of conservative clubs on campus, is one of the leaders who have taken a stand against this resolution.

    "The Students for Justice in Palestine keep insisting that this is not a BDS bill," Chakar told The New Guard. "Yet when you look at it in the context of the BDS movement, it's impossible to separate the two."

    Chakar and conservative, pro-Israel allies on campus say that this resolution is just going to hinder any open dialogue about the disputed territories. "They just want a one-sided discussion," Chakar argues. "The university is supposed to be an open marketplace of ideas, and this resolution takes a one-sided stance."

    Like many of his peers, Chakar says he is personally affected by the issue. "I come from the Middle East, and I have family members still there who will be affected by these efforts. This is not something that should be in the hands of the student council to decide."

    Avi Oved, the USAC Internal Vice President, expressed similar concerns in an article he wrote for UCLA's student newspaper: "As an Israeli-American, divesting from these companies means divesting from the safety measures that are keeping my family in Israel safe."

    The resolution offers just another example of leftist intolerance and hypocrisy on campus. Instead of supporting current peace negotiations, the Students for Justice in Palestine is advocating a resolution that could threaten the lives of countless Israelis.

    Young America's Foundation commends Chakar and those who are standing in solidarity against this resolution.


     Brendan Pringle is a Development Officer for the Reagan Ranch, a project of Young America's Foundation



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