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UC Irvine Student Government Approves Anti-Israel Boycott
by Arnold Ahlert
Even as missiles launched from Gaza are killing innocent Israelis, there is no rest for the anti-Semitic, Israel-bashers at the University of California, Irvine. On Tuesday night, the student senate passed a non-binding resolution requesting that the school divest from eight companies currently doing business with the Jewish State. In a unanimous 16-0 vote, the Associated Students-UC Irvine (ASUCI) targeted Caterpillar, Cement Roadstones Holding, Cemex, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Raytheon, Sodastream, and L-3 Communications, as companies that "profit from Israel's occupation of Palestine." The resolution awaits the approval of UC Irvine student government's executive board, a body that would forward it to the school's administration. If both entities approve, UC-Irvine would be the first California campus to do so.
Given UC-Irvine's track record of anti-Semitism, such a "ground-breaking" move would doubtlessly thrill campus leftists, most notably UC-Irvine's Muslim Student Union (MSU). In an article for Commentary Magazine in 2010, Kenneth Marcus outlines that track record. "During the first years of the 21st century…on the campus of the University of California at Irvine, Jewish students were physically and verbally harassed, threatened, shoved, stalked, and targeted by rock-throwing groups and individuals," he writes. "Jewish property was defaced with swastikas, and a Holocaust memorial was vandalized. Signs were posted on campus showing a Star of David dripping with blood. Jews were chastised for arrogance by public speakers whose appearance at the institution was subsidized by the university. They were called 'dirty Jew' and 'f**king Jew,' told to 'go back to Russia' and 'burn in hell,' and heard other students and visitors to the campus urge one another to 'slaughter the Jews.'"
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