Pitzer President Vetoes College Council Vote on Israel Program
by Aaron Bandler
March 14, 2019
Pitzer College President Melvin Oliver announced in a March 14 statement that he is not going to implement the College Council’s recommendation to suspend the study abroad program at the University of Haifa. Earlier in the evening, the council voted by a margin of 67 to 28, with 8 abstentions to suspend the program until Israel ends its policy of barring boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) supporters into the country. Oliver said he would not implement the council’s recommendation because Pitzer would essentially be taking “an unavoidably political position on one of the most controversial issues of our time.” READ MORE
WASHINGTON EXAMINER Rashida Tlaib pushes California college to end Israel study abroad program Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., is promoting an effort to force a California-based college to abandon its study abroad program to Israel. Daniel Segal, a professor at Pitzer College, a Claremont, Calif. liberal arts college, posted a photo of Tlaib posing with a #SuspendPitzerHaifa brochure. He praised the freshman congresswoman’s support for suspending the college’s relationship with Haifa University until Israel met a list of demands.