Boycott resolution fails at CSULB. . . for now

Thanks to an outstanding showing by Jewish students at CSULB organized by Rachel Bookstein, Beach Hillel’s Director, community support, letters, and lobbying, we have successfully defeated the boycott Israel resolution submitted by Zo Farooqui.

Zero votes in favor, 4 against, and 8 abstentions. This was a huge change from the last vote on the issue that had passed.

BUT THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER

There are still Senators that are looking to bring back a “revised” resolution after Spring Break. Read Below.

Boycott resolution fails to pass at ASI meeting

Amy Paradise & Benjamin Zitney

Published: Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Associated Students Inc. senate failed to pass the SR No. 25 resolution in support of the call for the immediate end to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza on Wednesday.

The current resolution was a revision from the previous week and called for a future boycott by ASI and 49er Shops Inc. of companies that maintain a business relationship with Israel, including Caterpillar and Motorola.

ASI Treasurer Brian Troutner reported to the Senate that Cal State Long Beach currently has a working relationship with Caterpillar, as they are sub-contracted to build the new Student Recreation and Wellness Center. According to Troutner, ending their current relationship with Caterpillar would bring about legal ramifications, as it would constitute a breach of contract.

CSULB would also have difficulty boycotting Motorola products, as they are the manufacturers of the University Police walkie-talkies. There are currently 100 of these walkie-talkies in police circulation, and replacement of them, at $300 a piece, would cost CSULB $30,000.

Senator Everett Bryan of the college of engineering encouraged the students in the gallery to draft a new resolution for future consideration.

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