MADISON – The Associated Students of Madison’s Student Council passed their third “Ban, Divest, and Sanction” piece of legislation last night at their council meeting. After failing on March 29th to pass the legislation, council passed the creation of a divestment committee on April 12th, over Passover, breaking a number of their own bylaws and the legislation was halted by the Student Judiciary by way of an injunction.
Last night, after proposing a “watered-down” version of the legislation, members of council attacked Senior Class President, Ariela Rivkin, a Jewish student on campus. They proceeded to attach amendments condemning Israel, even after numerous council members walked out of the meeting.
The College Republicans at UW-Madison thank Chancellor Blank for her swift condemnation of the BDS movement. They also call on the Wisconsin state government to do the same. Our state legislators should condemn ASM and their disgusting BDS legislation, introduce the segregated fee opt-out, and make every effort to end ASM, as they do nothing but hurt UW-Madison and our great state.
Chairman of the College Republicans at UW-Madison, Jake Lubenow, issued the following statement:
“The College Republicans continue to stand with the Jewish community on campus in their opposition to BDS legislation. Attacking corporations and Jewish students on campus has no place at UW. We will do everything in our power to end ASM, as all they seem motivated to do is attack students on campus who disagree with them. ASM’s blatant anti-Semitism will not be tolerated by our organization.
We are asking our state legislators to stand with us and condemn ASM and their BDS legislation. We ask them to propose a segregated fees opt-out and end our student government who does not represent our student body but only hurts our campus and state.”
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