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Cornell students table Israel divestment

(JNS.org) Cornell University’s Student Assembly on Thursday voted 15-8 (with one abstention) to indefinitely table a resolution that asked the university to divest from companies doing business with Israel. If the Students for Justice in Palestine-initiated resolution had not been tabled in Thursday’s initial discussion, it would have been up for a formal vote on April 17, in the middle of the Passover, likely harming the ability of Jewish students visiting their families for the holiday to fight the anti-Israel measure. William Jacobson, a clinical professor at Cornell Law School, wrote on his Legal Insurrection blog that the “intention to bring the resolution to the Student Assembly was not made in regular order, was concealed from Jewish and pro-Israel groups on campus even though it has been in the works for weeks.” Students for Justice in Palestine has also planned a “National Day of Action” for April 16, the second day of Passover.

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