Despite the best efforts of honourable individuals such as the professor, the following motion was passed the following day by 1,954 votes to 1054, which means that NUIG Students' Union is the first students' union in the Emerald Isle to uphold the odious BDS campaign:
“That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.”Watch the results being announced and the jubilation of the bigots, with references to "reactionary fascists", "apartheid", and other canards; those who've watched other videos featuring anti-Israel activity in Ireland will recognise a familiar voice towards the end:
Needless to say, Israel's arch-critics within and without Ireland are similarly cock-a-hoop.
Martin O'Quigley, who chairs the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), widely seen as one of the most vicious of such organisations, is quoted thus:
"This is an historic victory for those who stand in solidarity with Palestinians living under the heel of Israel’s racist, apartheid system of occupation and colonisation. The IPSC salutes all those students who stood with the oppressed on the right side of history and endorsed this measure, despite a stream of venomous anti-Palestinian propaganda and dirty tricks being injected into the debate from off-campus forces, including the Israeli Embassy in Ireland’s failed attempts at using social media to influence the outcome.Particular credit is due to the NUIG Palestine Solidarity Society whose hard work lay behind the tabling and passing of the motion. We hope other universities and ITs in Ireland will now follow suit in establishing such Palestine solidarity societies and seeking to table similar motions. We cannot think of a better way to round off this year’s Israeli Apartheid Week in Ireland."Crows a representative the NUIG PSS:
"This is a landmark victory in Ireland for the growing international campaign to boycott Israel until it complies with international law and ends its illegal occupation of Palestine, and no doubt NUIG SU is just the first of many SUs in Ireland to endorse such a campaign.
NUIG Students decided that, in the footsteps of the successful international boycott campaign against South Africa’s apartheid regime in the past, we will not be silent towards international racism and colonialism in our own time. Alongside promoting awareness of the BDS movement more broadly, NUI Galway SU will now stand unambiguously against instances of institutional collusion between NUI Galway and Israeli oppression ..."Read (and see) more here