UC Berkeley’s student senate voted 16 to 4 on March 18 in favor of divesting from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. One week later, in a move that was predicted by Jonathan Kessler of AIPAC at AIPAC’s recent policy conference, the 16-4 vote was vetoed by the student senate president.
Said Kessler of the UC Berkeley pro-divest initiative:
"We’re going to make sure that pro-Israel students take over the student government and reverse the vote. . . . This is how AIPAC operates in our nation’s capital. This is how AIPAC must operate on our nation’s campuses."
See Kessler at 3:58 in the video.
UC Berkley students are hopeful the Student Senate will overturn the veto next week.