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UMich president bars student vote on resolution accusing Israel of genocide, ‘settler colonialism’

The University of Michigan’s president says he has barred students from voting on two “controversial and divisive” resolutions related to the Israel-Hamas war.

“The proposed resolution does more to incite fear, anger, and hostility on campus than it accomplishes as a recommendation to the university,” Santa Ono said in an online post Tuesday.

One of the pro-Palestinian resolutions submitted to the student government called for the university to “recognize the millions of people who have suffered genocide in Gaza” and to “recognize the millions of people who have suffered genocide in Gaza” and to “recognize the millions of people who have suffered genocide in Gaza” and to We are calling for recognition of “territorialism.”

University of Michigan students condemn ‘despicable’ resolution condemning Israeli genocide

Another resolution calls on universities to identify plans to support and keep students “affected by the ongoing violence in Israel and Gaza.” It also includes criticism of Hamas.

This photo is of University of Michigan President Santa Ono. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Each resolution calling for a campus vote had more than 1,000 signatures. Ono said the resolution was “controversial and divisive.”

“These proposals have resulted in unwanted and unwarranted negative external attention to a community whose primary purpose is to learn, teach, research, and serve,” he said. . “That has to stop.”

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations accused the university of suppressing free speech.

Seven of the eight university board members supported Ono’s statement.

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Ono promised to schedule a meeting with student leaders to discuss “realistic and concrete ways” to address concerns.

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