UC Riverside announces deal with anti-Israel protesters to consider reinvesting endowment

A sign at the entrance to University of California, Riverside. (Wikimedia Commons)
A sign at the entrance to University of California, Riverside. (Wikimedia Commons)

Administrators at the University of California, Riverside, announces an agreement with pro-Palestinian protesters to close their campus anti-Israel encampment. The deal includes the formation of a task force to explore removing Riverside’s endowment from the broader UC system’s management and investing those funds “in a manner that will be financially and ethically sound for the university with consideration to the companies involved in arms manufacturing and delivery.”

The announcement marks an apparent split with the policy of the 10-campus UC system, which last week said it opposes “calls for boycott against and divestment from Israel.”

“While the university affirms the right of our community members to express diverse viewpoints, a boycott of this sort impinges on the academic freedom of our students and faculty and the unfettered exchange of ideas on our campuses,” the system said in a statement. “UC tuition and fees are the primary funding sources for the University’s core operations. None of these funds are used for investment purposes.”

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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