On Monday, March 16, students piled into Northeastern University’s Hillel to meet and discuss the upcoming BDS vote in NU’s student government. The meeting opened with the director of Hillel, Arinne Braverman, offering words of encouragement for the outcome of the vote. Students, as well as community professionals from CAMERA, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Anti-Defamation League, the David Project, and StandWithUs, spoke out against the BDS referendum, talking to students about the dangers and true goals of the boycott, divest, and sanction movement across the US. The President of Huskies for Israel, Elizabeth Levi, spoke about her desire to unite the student population at NU to create a dialogue and work together towards peace.

Students listening to positive encouragement from their chosen senator who spoke out against Divestment at the closed hearing

The referendum desired to divest from companies that operate in the disputed territories in Judea and Samaria. Nine senators voted in favor of the resolution, and 25 opposed it, with 14 abstentions. The vote and hearing was closed to the public due to fire code regulations, but two senators spoke out against the bill that would, as many students at Hillel and in communities across the country understand, divide the student body in an environment where dialogue of all kind should be welcome and encouraged.

Students at Northeastern Hillel gather for a strong support of Israel on campus


Students hear from a Catholic student senator concerning the integral relationship between Haifa, Israel and Boston, MA

The strong response to thwart divestment at universities is a celebration in the recent months of schools such as UC Davis and Northwestern University passing anti-Israel legislation through their student governments. NU Hillel released a statement citing that “the outcome of the vote is welcome news to our Jewish student leaders, who feel justifiably proud of all the hard work they have put into lobbying, advocacy, educational efforts, strategy sessions, late night communications, and social media efforts. I particularly wish to recognize the student senators who advocated for this resolution’s defeat tonight, including yielding time to other senators so that the points that were so effective in persuading their peers that this would be harmful for our campus community could be made.”

arrow-rightArtboard 2arrowArtboard 1awardArtboard 3bookletArtboard 2brushArtboard 2buildingArtboard 2business-personArtboard 2calendarArtboard 2caret-downcheckArtboard 10checkArtboard 10clockArtboard 2closeArtboard 2crownArtboard 2documentArtboard 2down-arrowArtboard 2facebookArtboard 1gearArtboard 2heartArtboard 2homeArtboard 2instagramArtboard 1keyArtboard 2locationArtboard 2paperclipArtboard 1pencilArtboard 2personArtboard 1pictureArtboard 2pie-chartArtboard 2planeArtboard 2presentationArtboard 2searchArtboard 2speech-bubbleArtboard 1starArtboard 2street-signArtboard 2toolsArtboard 2trophyArtboard 1twitterArtboard 1youtubeArtboard 1