The California university student government resolution to boycott Israel last week passed 8-2, which formally recommends the university to divest from US companies that conduct business with Israel, the Washington Times reported on Tuesday.
Pro-Palestinian students at the University of California, Davis, have celebrated after a student government vote to boycott Israel was passed overwhelmingly at the US school.
The vote was championed by the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) which is part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which seeks to exert economic pressures on Israel and to end Israeli occupation of Palestine, and supports the right of return.
The boycott campaign against Israel began in July 2005 by 171 Palestinian organizations, which calls for “various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law,” Press TV reports.
In 2013, two US academic groups — the American Studies Association and the Association for Asian American Studies — supported the boycott.
During the recent Israel war against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes targeted a number of schools and hospitals in defiance of the Geneva conventions that ban such attacks. More than 2,200 Palestinians, over 500 of them children, lost their lives during the Israeli offensive.