The student government at Loyola University in
Chicago passed a resolution calling on the university to divest from companies
that do business in Israel.
University of Michigan and Arizona State University student governments
reportedly voted to postpone consideration of divestment bills.
The Loyola Student Senate voted Tuesday evening to
remove its holdings from eight companies that provide equipment to Israel for
use in the West Bank. The vote on a measure proposed by the Loyola chapter of
Students for Justice in Palestine passed 26-0 with two abstentions.
The companies are Caterpillar, General Electric,
Hewlett-Packard, Raytheon, Elbit Systems, SodaStream and Veolia.
“By passing this piece of legislation, the student body
at Loyola University Chicago is asking for further and constant examination of
Loyola’s assets for future investments,” the Student Senate said. “In the policy
statement on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), the Board of Trustees claims
to commit to a social mission with the promotion of social justice. Divesting
from these companies remains true to this statement and ensures that Loyola is
not profiting from companies that contradict Jesuit traditions and
Also on Tuesday night, the Assembly
of the Central Student Government at Michigan voted 21-15 with one abstention to
postpone indefinitely consideration of a divestment bill. The measure, which was
proposed by the Students Allied for Freedom and Equality organization, was
virtually identical to the Loyola legislation.
The same night, the Arizona State student government also voted to
table a divestment proposal, according to Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian