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College President Blocks Effort to End Study Abroad Program in Israel
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Mar 15, 2019 8:22 PM 1+ week ago

Israeli right-wing activists demonstrate against a 'Nakba Day' ceremony held by Palestinian and Left-wing Israeli students at Tel Aviv University on May 14, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

The College Council at Pitzer College, a private school in Claremont, California, voted to end its partnership and study abroad program with the University of Haifa in Israel, citing mistreatment of Palestinians, but the college president vetoed the resolution.

Members voted for the move despite the fact that the University of Haifa has the largest population of Arab students in Israel, according to a Haaretz report last year.

Members of the council, which is made up of faculty, students and staff and is Pitzer's main legislative body for shared governance, voted 67 to 28 with eight abstentions in favor of suspending the study abroad program at the University of Haifa. Faculty at Pitzer had previously voted in favor of suspending the Israel study abroad program.

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