Denver, November 15, 2011 — The Mountain States Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League today applauded the decision of the University of Colorado Board of Regents reaffirming the school’s investment policies and refusing a request that the university divest from companies that do business in Israel.
Over the past year, an activist appeared at public meetings of the Board of Regents asking that the university divest from companies that support Israel. ADL Regional Director Scott L. Levin and ADL Boulder Community Director Amy M. Stein spoke at several of those mee tings in opposition to the divestment proposal, and urged that the Board of Regents reject the proposal as unwise and divisive. On Wednesday, November 9, the Board of Regents adopted a resolution reaffirming its confidence and support of the CU treasurer’s office and the professionals who make investment decisions. In effect, the Regents rejected the notion that the University should divest from Israel.
ADL Mountain States Regional Director Scott L. Levin issued the following statement:
The Anti-Defamation League applauds the decision of the University of Colorado Board of Regents in rejecting calls for divestment from companies doing business in Israel. The university did the right thing by making clear that it is unfair to hold one country – Israel – to a different standard. The divestment resolution was a thinly veiled attempt to demonize and delegitimize Israel.
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