Stanford Senate Falls 1 Vote Short on Divestment by the Forward

Stanford Senate Falls 1 Vote Short on Divestment

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The Stanford University student senate defeated an Israel divestment resolution.

On Tuesday night, the Associated Students of Stanford University had nine votes for the measure and five against, with one abstention. But to pass, the measure required 66 percent of the senators to approve and finished with 64 percent.

The resolution called on the Palo Alto, Calif., university to divest from corporations that engage in “specific practices that commit human rights abuses and violate international law” in the West Bank.

It was proposed by the Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine campus organization in the wake of last summer’s conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Meanwhile, over 1,600 students, faculty and alumni signed a petition sponsored by the Stanford Coalition for Peace against Israel divestment. The petition was launched Jan. 21.


Stanford Senate Falls 1 Vote Short on Divestment

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