Four years ago the students faced this issue and the support by the Jewish community with their physical presence was amazing. Although this is a student senate, community is welcome to attend and show their support.
What you can do:
Come on Wednesday night (tomorrow) to the meeting. (7pm, location TBD)
If you are an alumni you can sign a letter expressing your dismay to this action.
More about the bill: The resolution, authored by Student Action Senator George Kadifa, calls for the divestment of ASUC and UC assets from companies that provide support to Israel's military in Palestine or contribute to the building, maintenance or economic development of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.
An opposing bill has been put forth by Student Action Senator and presidential candidate Rafi Lurie, which supports the two state solution and calls for the ASUC to instruct managers of its funds to "seek investment opportunities that strengthen Israeli-Palestinian cooperation" rather than divesting funds.
If you are interested in learning more about the bills and reading them, you can find them online as well as a few op-eds written in today's Daily Cal by a student and an open letter to the ASUC from many faculty.
Thank you for your support,
Adam Naftalin-Kelman Berkeley Hillel Executive Director
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditorfor Landingham & Kaepernick, our angels in the wings
Sometimes, it isn't about nuance. Sometimes it just comes down to facing the storm, calling God out, standing at the center of a whirlwind holding your ground.
No cathedral is immune to agony, no soul impervious to life itself
no nation purely noble. If it were any other way, there would be no need for cathedrals in the first place.
To kneel is to submit
to lower oneself
to step down
To kneel is to call attention
to touch the Earth's face
to listen to those
whose blood saturates
the very roots of our story.
To kneel is to step aside
to step outside
to invite others to come closer
To kneel is not to stand
not to stand
not to stand idly by. Speak your truth, God damn it.