Four Reasons to Vote AGAINST Divestment:
1. The Arab-Israeli conflict is complex and has a long history.
You are being asked to weigh in an issuethat people have been working on for literally decades -- or longer. Bill Clinton tried to help solve this problem, sohas Barack Obama. Neither one has ever said that the problem is simple or that the path to peace lies only withIsrael making concessions without similar compromises by Palestinians and other Arabs. Lets not forget that mostcountries in the Middle East do not recognize Israel as a legitimate country that deserves to exist in peace. Jews didnot come in and kick people out of their homes. Jews and Arabs lived in Israel in peace for thousands of yearsgoverned by different bodies including the Ottoman Empire then the British, Jordan and Egypt. This is not illegallyoccupied territory.Up until 1947 the land was governed by foreign Empires, most recently the British. The last indigenouspeople to govern land before that was the Jews.1947-48 British leave, and write the British Mandate to create a homeland for the Jews
UN suggests part of the land go to re-establish a Jewish state, part to create new Palestinian state.Jews accept. Arabs said no and attacked Israel. Israel unexpectedly wins the war and is establishedas independent nation. Jordan takes control of the West Bank. Egypt takes Gaza.1967: Arab countries go to war against Israel again. Israel defends itself, gains West Bank from Jordanand Gaza from Egypt.1973: Arab states go to war against Israel again. Israel defends itself.1979: Egypt makes peace with Israel. Egypt does not want Gaza back.1994 Jordan makes peace with Israel. Jordan does not want the West Bank back.1993-Present: Israel offers to give Palestinians control of the West Bank and Gaza in exchange for recognition for its right to exist as a Jewish state, and security. Palestinian leadership refuses peaceoffers.
2005: Israel unilaterally withdraws from Gaza. Rockets and Suicide bombers are used by Palestinianterrorists to terrorize Israeli civilians. Israel builds security barrier and conducts occasional militaryoperations to stop suicide bombers and rockets.
2. Many of the issues you were presented with were presented out of context.
For example, many issues inIsrael have to deal with citizens versus non-citizens. Israelis (which includes Jews, Arabs and Christians) havedifferent license plates than non-citizens, the same way we differentiate license plates from The United States andEurope, but everyone can drive on the same roads. One million Israelis live under constant threat of rocket fire.
That’s 45% of the population. It is unfair to fault any nation for purchasing arms when they are solely for national
defense and when Israel has repeatedly tried to make peace. The cement they bought to build a security wall hasdecreased suicide bombers by 98%. Checkpoints are an unfortunate, but necessary part of security, and many haveshut down as violence has subsided.
3. This bill is highly divisive and does affect campus climate.
This bill is highly divisive and does affect campusclimate. I have already been called a kyke, Zionist pig, baby killer and a killer of Christ. I know I'm not the only one.Members of CJP have announced that "any Jew that supports Israel is not a Jew in the eyes of God". I don't feelsafe already, and the passage of this bill only makes me more scared for next year. At other universities where thishas passed, Jewish students have faced huge upsurges of anti-Semitic behavior. I've had friends that have haseviction notices placed on their doors or swastikas drawn on them, simply because they were Jewish. Manymembers of my local temple refuse to let their children apply to UCI or Cal because of the problems with BDS, that'sthe last thing I want for UCSC. My little sister is planning to apply here next year, and I would have strongreservations about her doing so if BDS passed. Many Jewish students already feel marginalized and scared atUCSC because of the proposal of this bill. It is a purely symbolic vote and only hurts and marginalizes a group of students.
Israel is not an “Apartheid” state and saying otherwise is both insulting to both people who support Israel
and to South Africans.
Boycotting, Divesting and Sanctioning from Israel is not the same as Boycotting South
African Apartheid from the 1980’s. Twenty percent of Israel’s population is Arab. There is an Arab Bloc in the
knesset. The official languages of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic. Arab-Israelis serve as justices on the high court,
serve in the army and are an integral part of Israel’s society. This is clearly not Apartheid or legal racial segregation.