UC Berkeley student senate passes bill to divest from occupation 18Mar10 March 19, 2010


Catherine Shyu/Photo Spectators attend the ASUC Senate meeting Wednesday night at which a bill urging UC divestment in companies that have provided Israel with materials used in alleged war crimes was considered.

In a landslide, 16-4 vote, the University of California Student Senate passed the attached BDS motion endorsing divestment from companies profiting from Israel’s occupation and violation of Palestinian rights. Also attached is the official press release of the sponsors of the bill.

Hampshire College, of course, was the first to divest from companies colluding in Israel’s occupation, but this student senate vote at a university of the prominence of Berkeley may well be the watershed, the crossing of the threshold in the spread of BDS across the US that many of us have been waiting to see. This will be a significant step towards a UC-wide actual divestment from Israeli occupation and apartheid. The South Africa spirit is in the air …

A warm salute to the UC Berkeley Students for Justice in Palestine and all supporters of human rights and justice, individuals and organizations, who supported them to achieve this victory.


Omar Barghouti

Download pdf file BDS_Bill_Press_Release_final

Download pdf file SB118A As Approved

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