Breaking News: UW Anti-Israel resolution to be considered on Yom Haatzmaut
The Mike Report has learned that anti-Israel divestment resolution R-20-39 will be presented before the University of Washington Student Senate (ASUW) this coming Tuesday, May 6th, Israel Independence Day. Pro-Israel Student leaders had previously expressed disappointment at the initial submission of the resolution on April 15th, the first day of the Passover holiday when many Jewish students were off campus.
Whether intentional or not, the consideration of this grossly bigoted document on Yom Ha’atzmaut will undoubtedly be viewed as an insensitive affront to many Jewish and pro-Israel students on campus.
ASUW senate procedures can be complicated and unpredictable but this is what we know. The BDS resolution will have a first reading this Tuesday before the ASUW. During first reading questions are limited to those regarding details and intent of the bill. Following first reading, legislation like this is usually sent to committee. Should the committee approve the resolution it will be sent back to the senate for a second reading. For and against statements from the public are entertained at the second reading.
While this process usually takes at least two meetings of the senate, there is always the possibility that the procedure could be expedited and completed in a single meeting of the ASUW.
The first reading of R-20-39 at the ASUW Student Senate meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 6th, 5:00 pm at Paccar Hall 192. The public is welcome. Student Leaders from Huskies Against Divestment urge our readers to sign their petition against the resolution (Link HERE).
The Mike Report will keep you posted as the situation develops. In the meantime, please watch this short history of the Middle East Conflict.