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Garanzini: University will not act on Israeli divestment, criticizes student government

President Garanzini speaking at the State of the University address. Loyola University Chicago // Flickr.

President Garanzini has written an open letter announcing that Loyola University is not interested in addressing the Israeli divestment issue, regardless of the recent Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) resolution urging Loyola to divest from certain companies implicated in what divestment supporters call the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Read more about the resolution in the last week’s Phoenix article on the divestment vote, an article which Garanzini cites in his letter.

“The University is not interested in taking up the matter of divestment in this instance,” concludes the letter.

Loyola students received the letter in an e-mail from Garanzini’s office at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. It is highly critical of SGLC’s process, seeing it as divisive and “[pitting] student against student.”

According to the letter, it is the first time the President has ever written an open letter of such a political nature.

 

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