- Written by Wim Wiewel Wim Wiewel
- Published: 10 June 2016 10 June 2016
[PSU President Wim Wiewel comes out swinging against student efforts to divest from companies complicit with Israel’s occupation. His talking points are drawn directly from those made by the pro-Israel groups opposed to divestment. He even accuses them of anti-Semitism but offers absolutely no evidence! So much for treating students with respect and not being divisive! ]
DIVESTMENT PROPOSAL IS DIVISIVE, ILL-INFORMED
June 2, 2016
Portland State University President
The Associated Students of Portland State University International Affairs Committee introduced a resolution to student government on May 23 calling for PSU to divest from companies doing business with the Israeli military. The resolution follows a recommendation from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which was started in 2005 by pro-Palestinian organizations seeking international pressure on Israel to end settlements in occupied territories and other measures. The BDS resolution calls for divestment from companies such as Caterpillar and Hewlett Packard.
As President, I support the right of students to express political, economic and social opinions. In this case, however, I think the resolution is divisive and ill-informed.