CCSC to vote on third BDS ballot initiative in four years at Sunday meeting
Mon Nov 18 2019
Columbia College Student Council will vote on whether to allow Columbia University Apartheid Divest’s referendum on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement in the upcoming election cycle next Sunday.
The referendum, proposed to CCSC again this year after being rejected in both 2017 and earlier this spring, would allow students to indicate if they support or oppose the controversial movement, which is aimed at mobilizing international pressure on Israel in solidarity with Palestinians.
CUAD’s ballot initiative, which remains the same as the one the council voted on last semester, asks CCSC to gauge student support on the question of whether the University should divest “from companies that profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s inhumane acts against Palestinians.” The organization names eight specific companies which it views as contributing to Palestinian human rights violations, alleging that these companies support Israel in supplying equipment used to demolish Palestinian homes and selling weapons used against Palestinian protesters, among other accusations....