Pro-Palestinian students disrupted a student senate meeting at Santa Barbara where they were going to vote on whether or not their school should divest from Israel, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation. The boycott, divest, sanction movement, of course, aims to prohibit universities from partnering with Israeli schools and requires them to boycott companies that do business with Israel like HP. Palestinians weaponize BDS by using it to deny funding to pro-Israel people and groups with whom they have political disagreements. So you might be wondering: why were the pro-Palestinian students disrupting a BDS vote you would think they’d support?
Well, it turns out that the format of the vote wasn’t good enough. The proposal required two-thirds approval to pass, whereas some students wanted it to only require majority approval.
They were apparently upset because 12 out of 25 of the student senators walked out of an over 10-hour-long meeting the previous week, preventing a vote on the resolution. But here’s the thing, even if the resolution did pass — which it didn’t; it failed for the fifth time in six years — but even if it DID pass, UC Santa Barbara isn’t obliged to pull its money out of Israeli businesses.
Students at the University of Michigan passed a divestment resolution last year and the administration said: “We appreciate hearing from students,” but stated “the university’s longstanding policy is to shield the endowment from political pressures and to base our investment decisions solely on financial factors such as risk and return.” And UM’s board of regents said it “strongly oppose[d]” the BDS movement.
So anti-Israel activists, if you’re going to waste your time trying to pass a resolution that might get shot down by the school anyway, at least don’t take the opportunity to also, at the same time, become part of a video that makes you look so childish and intolerant to future employers.
University of California at Santa Barbara
California Students Promote Palestinian Terrorism
This is Leila Khaled. A member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which the US classifies as a terrorist group, Khaled was the first woman to hijack a plane and she also just happens to have some fans at the University of California, Santa Barbara, whose Students for Justice in Palestine chapter published a photo of Khaled with the caption “Solidarity is the weapon and armed resistance is the catalyst. Support all women taking arms against imperialism,” reported The Algemeiner. Armed resistance…sounds a lot like Antifa, right? And just like Antifa, they’re not too prepared to actually defend their convictions with logic and reason. Santa Barbara SJP deleted the picture of Khaled and other armed women.
Now, I think I’ve already made the case that these guys are wack, but let’s have a look at their Facebook page just to see how pro-Palestinian students are by no means immune to the cancer known as intersectionality. This virus has caused them to advocate for the abolition of all prisons and the destruction of capitalism. It’s even impaired these poor kids’ ability to spell words like “human” and “woman”…I’m pretty sure“x”s and “y”s don’t belong there.
Oh and speaking of prisons, SJP Santa Barbara also wants Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi to be freed. You remember Tamimi, the teenager detained after slapping, punching and kicking Israeli soldiers on multiple occasions. Well, these students believe she’s a “political prisoner,” a term used by many who attempt to whitewash crimes prisoners have committed by just saying “oh, he was just arrested because the government decided he had the wrong politics.” No, I’m sorry, but assault is not a political opinion. There are other ways to protest.
In general, remember that when you sign up for a pro-Palestinian group, you’re not picking from some kind of a la carte menu. You’re not only signing up to support people who have refused every chance at compromise with a two-state solution, you’re also often throwing in your lot with a group that has ideological and even financial ties to terrorism, uses made-up words with “x”s and “y”s, hates the police, thinks the American flag is a symbol of white supremacy, but is completely fine with the sickle and hammer.