Students Try Booting Pro-Israel President, Get Brutal Reality Check
Students Try Booting Pro-Israel President, Get Brutal Reality Check The Student Senate of the school — a liberal arts institution located in Claremont, California — drafted a resolution that called for Oliver to step down after he chose to maintain the college’s Israel-based study abroad program However, the measure lost by a 20-12 vote. Evidently, many Pitzer students think the overseas initiative — organized via the University of Haifa — is somehow steeped in Islamophobia. The idea stems from the claim that “Israel restricts access to students of Palestinian descent and commits human rights violations,” Campus Reform reported. As Oliver himself pointed out, if the study abroad program were eliminated or curtailed in Israel, it would “foolishly alienate Jewish and non-Jewish constituents.” Here’s to Melvin Oliver for having the backbone to stand his ground and validate his support for Israel in the bargain.