Figuring out the problems in the Middle East is a lot of work.

Students in the ASUC Senate are figuring that out. Despite two marathon sessions discussing whether to overturn the veto of a bill that called for divestment of companies doing business in Israel, nothing has been decided.

That seems just like the Middle East quagmire.

On April 14, the Senate held a raucous and lengthy hearing on whether to overturn the veto, but did not come to any decision despite taking testimony and debating from 10:30 pm to almost 7 am.

On Wednesday, April 21, the Senate held a closed-door session (which has irritated many) to further discuss the matter. Once again, nothing was decided. The matter has not yet been rescheduled.

In the meantime, several other Nobel laureates have gotten involved in the discussion, including Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. They are calling for the ASUC Senate to uphold the veto of the divestment bill. In contrast, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged the Senate to divest from Israel. Noam Chomsky has also stated that he supports the divestment bill.

Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel (co-founder) is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California,...

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