Loyola U. students push for new divestment resolution

Anthony Weiss

(JTA) — One year after a divestment campaign on campus failed, students at Chicago’s Loyola University are again seeking to pass a resolution urging divestment from some corporations doing business with Israel.

On Tuesday, a divestment resolution was introduced at a meeting of Loyola’s student government, according to the college news website The College Fix. The resolution urges Loyola’s Board of Trustees to divest from the corporations Raytheon, Caterpillar, United Technologies and Valero Energy because the companies’ business dealings with Israel purportedly conflict with the university’s Jesuit values.

The resolution includes a citation from Russia Today, an English-language news outlet described by the Columbia Journalism Review as “The Kremlin’s propaganda outlet”.

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The Metro Chicago Hillel put out a statement vowing to fight the divestment campaign.

The student senate of Loyola passed a divestment resolution last March, but the resolution was vetoed by student body president. The university also issued a statement at the time that it would not adopt the student’s divestment proposal if passed.