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August 4, 2014 7:00 pm

U.K. National Union of Students Adopts Pro-BDS Resolution

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A Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protest against Israel in Melbourne, Australia, on June 5, 2010. Photo: Mohamed Ouda via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgThe U.K.’s National Union of Students’ national executive committee (NUS NEC) has voted to adopt an anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policy.

The adoption of the BDS policy allows student unions throughout the U.K. to impose sanctions on Israel and support campaigns to boycott Israel on their campuses, the Jewish Chronicle of London reported.

The Jewish National Union of Students (UJS) responded to the decision by saying, “NUS NEC have passed a policy that will only divide student groups, undermine interfaith relations, and suffocate progressive voices for peace on both sides. … The Jewish people have an inalienable right to self-determination, and on this principle, UJS will not compromise.”

NUS is an umbrella group representing more than 600 student unions across the U.K., or 95 percent of all student groups in the country.

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