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London’s King’s College Overturns Israel Boycott Decision

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A King's College building in London. Photo: Wikipedia.

The Student Union at London’s King’s College overturned a decision made last week to endorse the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), Britain’s Jewish News reported.

In a statement released Tuesday, the university’s student body said “after careful consideration and taking into account legal advice… we will not promote the BDS movement through the union.” The Student Union added that it would not withdraw the motion entirely.

The announcement followed a general meeting on March 25 where a motion was passed by the Student Union in support of the BDS movement. The student body referred the result of the vote to the Union’s Trustee Board for advice and further review before deciding to overturn the decision.

“After a difficult and turbulent week, we are very pleased with the decision of the Trustees,” said Hannah Brady of the college’s Jewish Society: “We hope that the King’s student community can now move forward with the values of tolerance, cross-communalism and unity at the heart of all its endeavors.”

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Britain’s Union of Jewish Students also welcomed the new decision.

“Upholding the democratic voice of the student population is an imperative duty of all student’s unions,” it said in a statement. “It’s reassuring that there are strong unions like Kings, who will go to all measures to ensure that the welfare of all students is kept as a main priority and will therefore not be promoting the mandate of this motion in any formal capacity.”

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