Pitzer College president casts veto to protect Israeli apartheid | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Pitzer College president casts veto to protect Israeli apartheid

In a historic move, the College Council at Pitzer College voted to suspend a study abroad in Israel program on 14 March.

However, college president Melvin Oliver vetoed the measure just hours later, a decision a faculty member said was “a betrayal of [Pitzer’s] core values” and one that displayed “contempt for the college’s democratic process.”

The council, a legislative body that includes staff, faculty and students, passed the measure conditionally suspending the partnership with Haifa University by 67-28 votes, with eight abstentions.

The move followed a faculty vote to suspend the program last fall, citing Israel’s discriminatory entry restrictions based on ancestry and political speech.

In that vote, faculty called on the university to curtail the program until Israel “adopts policies granting visas for exchanges to Palestinian universities on a fully equal basis” as it does with Israeli institutions. They also rejected the administration’s move to nullify a 2017 resolution passed by the Pitzer student senate in support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian rights.