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June 3, 2015 12:36 pm

UK Student Union BDS Measures Are Alienating Jewish Students, Says NUS Vice President

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Anti-Israel Protestors. Photo: WikiMedia Commons.

Anti-Israel Protestors. Photo: WikiMedia Commons.

A decision by the U.K.’s largest student union to adopt Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) measures against Israel has already started to alienate the British Jewish community, said a senior official in the National Union of Students (NUS).

Speaking with Israeli Channel 2 News, NUS Vice President Joe Vinson said news of the student union passing a resolution called “Solidarity with Palestine: Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions” has grabbed headlines in the U.K., in addition to Israeli and Jewish newspapers.

He said the motion, which was passed by a wide margin, has already affected many in the Jewish community.

Vinson said the issue has caused a “storm” among his many friends in the Jewish community and he lamented being the deputy of an organization that supports a boycott of Israel, though he opposed the measure, according to Channel 2.

Vinson visited Israel in 2012 with a tour organized by the Union of Jewish Students that also visited territories in the West Bank. He sent out a message Tuesday on Twitter drawing a parallel between antisemitism and the BDS movement.

“Antisemitism is like a virus, it mutates and infects everything it touches. It’s mutated into BDS and NUS is infected,” he wrote.

Student activist Gary Spedding, who was deported from Israel upon arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport in 2014, responded that “#BDS is not anti-Semitic … BDS has nothing to do with targeting Jews.”

The NUS passed the resolution to adopt BDS measures with 19 voting in favor, four against and one abstention.


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  • Stan

    I would love to boycott palastinian goods but am unable to do so because they don’t make anything.

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  • Robert Weintraub

    The BDS people in England are also alienating Jews of America. I doubt whether the Jews of America would as passionate supporters of aid to Britain as they were in 1940 should Britain find itself in similar dire circumstances.

  • David Bullen

    Any funding by the government should be pulled to stop these fascist students from spreading their evil. Isn’t it about time that students were educated about the middle east so they could understand the hate that is set against Jews from the Muslim world teach them that the reason why the UN are always persecuting Israel is because of the no. of Muslim countries represented there.

  • Eric R.

    The bottom line is that the Islamonazis and Marxo-Nazis who make up the bulk of Britain’s university students want the Jewish students not only alientated, but gone from the UK, and preferably dead – along with every other Jew in the world.