Students at key London University college vote to boycott Israel

Students at London University’s prestigious King’s College have delivered a blow to Israel by voting to endorse the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against the world’s only apartheid state.

The motion, adopted on 25 March, was passed by 348 to 252 votes.

It calls for a thorough research into the college’s “investments, partnerships, and contracted companies, including subcontractors, that may be implicated in violating Palestinian human rights as stated by the BDS movement”.

It also calls for pressure to be put on the college to divest from companies found to be “directly or indirectly supporting the Israeli occupation and apartheid policies”.

It also resolves

To have a plaque in all KCLSU [King’s College London Students Union] student centres acknowledging that KCLSU formally supported the BDS call, as was done when KCLSU showed solidarity to our sisters and brothers in their struggle against Apartheid South Africa with the following text: “KCLSU officially endorses the 2005 Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions of Israel until it abides by international law and ends it illegal occupation of Palestine. KCLSU is proud to follow the example of a similar call in the 1980’s, which successfully led to the end of apartheid in South Africa.”

And it resolved to raise awareness of Israel’s apartheid policies and its illegal occupation by “helping KCL Action Palestine Society with printing materials and diffusion of important events such as the international ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ through the KCLSU website and social media”.

Well done, King’s College students, for hammering another nail into the coffin of injustice and criminality.

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