Fox News reports that the liberal arts college currently hosts a number of study abroad programs in countries with human rights violations such as China, Turkey and Cuba.
However, it’s the college’s program in Israel that students have taken issue with, and a vote is scheduled this afternoon to possibly suspend the initiative.
Fox writes, “…Rep. Tlaib, was pictured offering her support for Pitzer’s move to end trips to Israel. Daniel Segal, a professor at the college who backs ending the study abroad program to Israel, posted pictures this week of her wielding a folder with the hashtag ‘#SuspendPitzerHaifa.'”
Fox notes that Pitzer’s own president, Melvin Oliver has fought back against attempts to end the program:
According to The Student Life, he said in November that ending the program would mark a “major blow” to the college and noted the other countries to which the college runs study abroad programs.
“Why would we not suspend our program with China? Or take our longest standing program in Nepal, where the Pitzer in Nepal program has been run for over 40 years. During that time they have had a bloody civil war that killed 19,000 people,” he said. “Why Israel?”