An Israel divestment resolution was vetoed Wednesday after being narrowly passed a second time by the student government of Chicago’s Loyola University.
The president of Loyola’s United Student Government Association vetoed the resolution, which called on the institution to remove its holdings from eight companies that provide equipment to Israel for use in the West Bank.
“No matter what viewpoint you hold on the larger issue, this resolution caused harm among the student community,” said student government president Pedro Guerrero in a statement.
He added that he made the decision because “diversity of thought on campus was not taken into consideration” during the two votes on the measure, which was proposed by the Loyola chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine.
The first vote on the resolution, taken March 18, passed 26 to 0 with two abstentions. The second vote, on March 25, narrowly passed 12 to 10 with nine abstentions. USGA senators will have the opportunity to override Guerrero’s veto, provided they muster a two-thirds majority.
If the approval remains in place, the resolution becomes the official position of the student body and is presented to the administration.
Regardless of the veto, Loyola’s administration has pledged not to adopt the resolution. “This is not the position of Loyola University Chicago and we will not adopt this proposal,” the university stated.
Pro-Israel students have been assisted in their efforts to overturn the measure by the Metro Chicago Hillel and the Israel Education Center, branches of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.
On Tuesday night, the Central Student Government of the University of Michigan reversed a decision to postpone indefinitely consideration of a divestment resolution and then voted down the resolution.
The vote, in front of hundreds of students, was 25-9 with five abstentions, the Michigan Daily reported. More than 2,000 students watched a live stream of the six-hour meeting as well, according to the student newspaper.