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Long Beach State: Student Resolution to boycott Israel

Title: Resolution in Support of the Call for the Immediate End to the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza and a Boycott of Goods and Services that Maintain Business Relations with Israel

Sponsored by: Senator Zo Farooqui

Date Submitted: March 18, 2009

WHERAS from December 27, 2008 to January 22, 2009 attacks launched by the Israeli government on Gaza have resulted in over 1,300 deaths and 5,300 injuries, with more than 60 percent of the victims consisting of women and children;1

WHEREAS schools, mosques, hospitals, ambulances, civilian infrastructure, and UN compounds have been targeted;

WHEREAS this recent act of blatant violence contributes to the 18-month blockade enforced by the Israeli government on the Gaza strip through strict patrol of its borders. The aforementioned act has resulted in the devastation of Gaza’s infrastructure up to and including the collapse of its economy, causing 80 percent of the population to rely on international aid for the basic means of survival;2

WHEREAS Israeli occupation forces have demolished electricity, gas, and water resources of the region, leaving half of the Gaza population consisting of children in an open-air prison with no option of becoming refugees;3

WHEREAS Israel’s continuous denial of medical supplies in the region constitutes a violation of their signatory obligation to the First Geneva Convention, and causes an inability to treat the wounded, resulting in otherwise preventable deaths;4

WHEREAS Human Rights Watch has found that the Israeli government has used the controversial chemical weapon white phosphorus which “sticks to human skin and will burn right through to the bone” in areas of high civilian density;5

WHEREAS the Fourth Geneva convention renders Israel’s actions a war crime based on its intent and grotesque disproportionate use of military action;6

WHEREAS arbitrary damage of property, denial of rest areas (shelters), and discrimination based on political ideology and other actions put the Israeli Government in direct violation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Articles 5, 12, 13, 15, 17, 21 and 24; be it

RESOLVED that the Associated Students of California State University, Long Beach s

tand in solidarity to condemn all violence against civilians in the region and demand the removal of the blockade on Gaza, including the opening of its borders, while condemning Israel’s disproportionate aggression toward the Palestinian people; be it further

RESOLVED that ASI participates in a boycott of companies that have any economic ties to the Israeli state, be it finally

RESOLVED that ASI urges California State University, Long Beach, its foundation and its auxiliary to end all business action, including investments, and procurement with companies that maintain business with the state of Israel.

Why More Colleges Want Jewish Students

Inside Higher Ed on Jewish Students in College. Wow have the times changed.

Why More Colleges Want Jewish Students

At Chicagoland Jewish High School, “What I’m seeing is, new names are popping up all the time,” says Bruce Scher, the academic dean and director of college counseling.

“Outside of the stereotypical or the standard colleges that already have strong Jewish populations, we’re seeing a lot of other schools recognize the value and recognize the contribution that these students are making to a college campus,” says Scher, who’s also co-chair of the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s special interest group for Jewish students. “Even schools like Knox [College], you know, in central Illinois, they absolutely are connecting to Jewish students.”

College counselors and colleges alike – particularly small liberal arts colleges – are reporting explicit efforts to attract more Jewish applicants or build Jewish student life on campus, or both (since the two goals go hand in hand). For instance, Washington and Lee University, a decidedly Southern-influenced institution in Virginia, has identified “recruiting and supporting Jewish students at W&L” as a fundraising priority, and is constructing a $4 million Hillel House.

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Pro-Israel ads defaced in Berkeley

It’s not really a major schocker – Berkeley is not too tolerant. Blue Star PR & StandWithUs posters at Long Beach State have been repeatedly destroyed for the last four years.

This poster is currently on display at prominent bus stop locations around UC Berkeley. It is unfortunate that a design featuring an Israeli-Arab Muslim soccer player praising coexistence should be considered threatening by anti-Israel extremists.

Israel haters apparently think that defacing a poster featuring an Arab athlete advocating coexistence earns them points among liberal college students. We seriously doubt it. What do you think?

BlueStarPR posters are currently hanging in the following bus shelters around UC Berkeley:

Bancroft Way/ Telegraph Ave
Bancroft Way / Dana St
Bancroft Way /Telegraph Ave
Durant Ave / Telegraph Ave
Telegraph Ave/ Dwight Way
Telegraph Ave/ Parker St
University Ave / San Pablo
University Ave / Shattuck Ave

FYI – The defaced ad is being cleaned up today.

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From UCI to Jerusalem

mahlerThis week, one of our great couples, Larry and Liat Mahler, left Southern California for the Promised Land.  On the wings of a 747 Eagle, they flew to Israel making aliyah with hundreds of other idealist and talented North American olim.  Larry and Liat were part of every step of our work in Southern California.  From my very first Parsha and Pizza course at UCI in 2004, until the day they left, they were active in the community that we are building of young Jews in Long Beach and Socal.

While they look a little bit as if they walked off the Fiddler on the Roof set, these two are no shtetle yids. Larry completed his Masters in Planning at USC, and Liat has an Masters in Non Profit management from American Jewish University.

Both are studying at Darche Noam Yeshiva this year, where they will spend some well earned time with Torah and Jewish learning.  After their year learning, they look forward to making a meaninful contribution to Israeli society and raising a family in Israel.

We wish them the best of luck, mazal and bracha, – May Hashem help you in your journey and your path, may Hashem guard you and protect, and may we meet up soon in the Holy City Jerusalem, this year!