WWU divests from boycotts and divestment

On Wednesday, the Associated Students of Western Washington University in Bellingham voted unanimously that it would not consider boycott and divestiture campaigns based upon national origin. According to a press release from Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs Northwest, “the 7-0 vote represents the first time ever that a North American university’s student government took pro-active legislative steps to protect students from discriminatory BDS campaigns, such as the ones that have targeted Israel at a number of campuses in recent years.”

“I’ve seen how divisive anti-Israel BDS campaigns have been on campuses across the country,” said Alysa Kipersztok, a WWU student and StandWithUs fellow, who brought the motion to the ASWWU. “Western is a warm, respectful, inclusive community.”

— Joel Magalnick