Students at SDSU have defeated a student-wide referendum calling for divestment from companies doing business with Israel. Only 10.7% of SDSU's roughly 30,000 undergraduates voted on the issue.
We commend Students Supporting Israel (SSI), AEPi, Hillel of San Diego, and other members of the SDSU community for working tirelessly to educate their peers about the bigotry of BDS and the damage divestment would cause to their university. They defeated the referendum despite being outnumbered by anti-Israel campaigners on campus, their opposition committing several campaign violations, being silenced by pro-BDS professors when they tried to speak out against BDS in classrooms, and suffering a surge invicious anti-Semitism on social media while the vote was happening.
“We overcame a lot to defeat BDS at SDSU this year,” said SSI President and StandWithUs Emerson Fellow Sarah Katularu. “We faced a lot of hate, our opposition used underhanded tactics, and many students were misled about the true nature of divestment. Nevertheless, we were able to educate a large new audience about Israel and how divestment undermines hopes for peace and justice in the region.”