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Canadian Socialist Society Endorses Academic Boycott of Israel

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The Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) in Canada unanimously adopted a boycott of Israeli academic institutions last month.

In a motion passed at its annual general meeting on May 31, the Society said it “endorses and will honor the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions,” and praised the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel as “a practice of solidarity and resistance.”

The SSS — which does not currently have a boycott in effect against any other country — also accused the Jewish state of carrying out a “massacre” of Palestinians on May 14, when Hamas-led rioters attempted to breach the Israel-Gaza Strip border as part of the “Great March of Return.”

More than 60 Palestinians were killed in the clashes, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, the vast majority of whom were claimed by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad as members.

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While participants were filmed throwing firebombs, burning tires, and flying flaming kites during the riots — and the IDF released footage of Hamas gunmen trying to enter Israeli territory — the SSS claimed they were “peacefully protesting.”

Radhika Desai, president of SSS, said the vote was an expression of “solidarity with those struggling against colonialism.”

The SSS is part of the Canadian Federation for Humanities and Social Sciences, and holds its annual meetings during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada’s largest multi-association academic gathering.

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