Hat tip Orange County Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism
We finally have a reaction from the Orange County Jewish Federation to this week's UCI student government's resolution for divestiture from companies doing business from Israel. They seem to think they were blindsided by a small group of students. On the contrary, if you look at the video, there were plenty of people present when the vote was cast.
The Orange County Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism has an update with video and the minutes of the meeting..
“For the past five years, the Orange County Jewish community, the Consul General of Israel and the UCI administration have built close relations and strong academic ties to Israel that benefit UCI students, faculty and the community,” said Shalom C. Elcott, President and CEO of Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County. “That work will not be undermined by divisive efforts that constitute an abuse of student representation and are contrary to the interest of students who wish to partake in the valuable opportunities that global engagement brings.”
Blah blah blah, woof woof woof, quack quack quack.
Good old Shalom Elcott again. The hapless CEO of the OC Jewish Federation always has a statement to be read. I hope the donors to that feckless organization take note of this latest development when they come with their hand out for more donations based on all the "great work" they are doing at UCI.
And how about that Olive Tree Initiative they help fund?
If it is so beneficial to Jewish students and has (by their own words) made the situation better at UCI, how did this latest resolution pass?
Here is another question: Where were the Jewish students? The meeting was on the ASUCI calendar. Lots of people were there. Some guy from the campus service workers union was there. Even that failed dopey actress, Estee Chandler of Jewish Voice for Peace (a misnomer if there ever was one) was there. Who came to speak against the resolution? This is pure speculation, but were Jewish students advised to stand down by anyone-as they have in the past? Who knows?