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We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

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Thursday 19 May 2011

The Contagion Spreads: Europe's Biggest Student Union (in Londonistan) Votes for BDS

The 120,000-strong  ULU, which represents students at the various colleges that comprise the University of London, voted yesterday by 10: 1 in favour of BDS.
The motion called for "thorough research into ULU investments and contracts" with companies guilty of "violating Palestinian human rights" as set out by the Palestinian Boycott National Committee. 

The motion calls on other student unions to follow suit.

Said pro-BDS Ashok Kumar, Senate member for the London School of Economics, in arguing for the motion:
"We have precedents for boycotting campaigns at ULU, especially with South Africa and the boycott campaign over Barclays Bank, that supported the Apartheid regime. We are now responding to the Palestinian call for civil action in support of their fight against racism."
 James Haywood, President-elect at Goldsmiths Students’ Union, crowed:
"We are delighted that this motion has passed, and with such a clear vote as well. We have seen throughout history that boycotts are a crucial nonviolent tactic in achieving freedom, and target institutions, not individuals.”
Here's the full text of the mischief:

Union notes:

1) to boycott is to target products, companies and institutions that profit from or are implicated in, the violation of Palestinian rights

2) to divest is to target corporations complicit in the violation of Palestinian human rights, as enshrined in the Geneva Convention, and ensure that investments or pension funds are not used to finance such companies

3) to call for sanctions is to ask the global community to recognise Israel’s violations of international law and to act accordingly as they do to other member states of the United Nations

4) that in 2009 the The Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa released a report stating that Israel was practising a form of apartheid in the occupied West Bank, (

5) that Israel continues to build a 8 metre high “annexation” wall on Palestinian land inside the post-1967 occupied West Bank, contravening the July 2004 ruling by the International Court of Justice (the highest legal body in the world, whose statutes all UN members are party to) and causing the forcible separation of Palestinian communities from one another and the annexation of additional Palestinian land.

6) that within the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Israel continues a policy of settlement expansion in direct violation of Article 49, paragraph 6 of the 4th Geneva Convention which declares “an occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into territories it occupies.”

7) That the Gaza Strip continues to face a suffocating siege from land, sea and air by Israel, and continues to suffer military incursions into the territory by the Israeli army

8) that Palestinians living in Israel continue to suffer third-class citizenship and are heavily discriminated against from healthcare, education, landownership and in many cases having ‘unrecognised’ villages completely demolished that there continues to be millions of Palestinian refugees throughout the world who are racially discriminated against by not being allowed to return to their homes in Israel and the Occupied Territories, which is legally recognised under international law, including United Nations resolution 194.

9) that ULU and the NUS nationally adopted the call for BDS in the 1980s when it was called for by South Africans fighting racism and apartheid

10) that Ronnie Kasrils, the Jewish South African Minister of Intelligence said “The boycotts and sanctions ultimately helped liberate both blacks and whites in South Africa. Palestinians and Israelis will similarly benefit from this non-violent campaign that Palestinians are calling for.”

11) that the call for BDS has come from over 170 Palestinian civil society organisations, including student organisations, as well as organisations within Israel and across the global; and that the campaign is founded on the basis of anti-racism and human rights for all.

Union Believes:

1) that unions should work to support the Palestinian people’s human rights and uphold international law

2) that BDS is an effective tactic, which educates society about these issues, economically pressures companies/institutions to change their practices and politically pressures the global community

3) that unions have a moral responsibility to heed the call of oppressed peoples, like we did so proudly during the BDS campaign to end South African apartheid

4) that the BDS movement has united human rights campaigners from different nationalities, races, religions and creeds across the world


Union Resolves

(1) Institute thorough research into ULU contacts with investments and companies,including subcontractors, that may be implicated in violating Palestinian human rights as stated by the BDS movement

(2) Pressure University of London universities and affiliate students’ unions to divest from Israel and from companies directly or indirectly supporting the Israeli occupation and apartheid policies;

(3) Promote students’ union resolutions condemning Israeli violations of international law and human rights and endorsing BDS in any form;

(4) Actively support and work with Palestine solidarity organisations such as the BDS Movement, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, British Committee for Palestinian Universities , Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

(5) Affiliate ULU to the Palestine BDS National Committee and engage in education campaigns to publicize the injustice of Israel’s discriminatory policies against the Palestinians and its illegal occupation.



  1. Here's a reaction:

  2. this is good news, Israel desrves to be boycotted.

    The day that Israel ceases to be an apartheid state and treats Palestinians in the same way as Jews then the boycott could stop.
    Are we Jews really that special that we can allow Israel to carry on like this?

  3. Oh dear, Thomas, clearly the contagion has spread to you.

  4. Thomas, I recommend this to you (be sure to pass it on to your BDS friends:

  5. Jordan (78% or Mandate Palestine) won't even allow Jews to be citizens or own land, but these people don't call this aparteid.

  6. Hey look...a kapo has just dropped by spewing poison against his own people.

  7. Anon,thanks for that reminder.
    Roger, Thomas frequently fiddles for the other side.

  8. I’d give that a failing grade:
    Misunderstand article 49 – check
    Quote impressively named NGO’s - check
    Gaza weapons blockade only by Israel – check
    Misquote UNGA 194 – check
    Unoriginal drivel.
    Enjoy doing your degrees without Intel CPUs, Flash Drives (used by Osama!) and mobile phones.
    Don’t forget Cogent Communications a big investor in Israeli R&D, avoiding 17% of the internet shouldn’t be too hard for these rocket scientists.

    I’m guessing like Marrickville council in Australia this will end up being "symbolic".


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