(JTA) — A resolution calling on New York University to divest from companies that the resolution’s authors say are associated with mistreating Palestinians was presented to the student government.
The resolution was presented on Nov. 1 by three student senators affiliated with the anti-Zionist campus groups Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace. The resolution calls on the university to require General Electric, Caterpillar, and Lockheed Martin to cease their involvement “in the violation of Palestinian human rights and human rights globally,” and divest from the companies if they do not comply.
The “Resolution on the Human Rights of Palestinians” will be voted on by the student senate next month using a secret ballot, the independent student newspaper Washington Square News reported. The secret ballot is being called a “security precaution,” but opponents of the resolution say it will prevent accountability by the student legislators.