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Loyola University students petition to veto divestment bill

(JNS.org) Pro-Israel students at Chicago’s Loyola University are mobilizing a response to the Students for Justice in Palestine-sponsored Israel divestment resolution passed by the school’s student government this week. The resolution, which passed 26-0 with two abstentions March 18, urges the university administration “to withdraw investments from eight corporations complicit in Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, including Caterpillar, SodaStream, Veolia, and Hewlett-Packard.” Drawing on the support from the Jewish United Fund’s Israel Education Center and Metro Chicago Hillel, pro-Israel Loyola students launched a petition that urges the student government president to veto the divestment resolution. University officials, meanwhile, said in a statement that the student government resolution “is not the position of Loyola University Chicago and we will not adopt this proposal.”

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