ADC slams UK students’ BDS move

June 7, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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Australia’s B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) has condemned the UK’s  National Union of Students (NUS)  for adopting a policy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

Dvir Abramowich

Dvir Abramovich

The adoption of this policy will enable student unions throughout the UK to impose sanctions on Israel and to institute boycotts of Israeli products on university campus.

ADC Chairman, Dr Dvir Abramovich said: “Those who remember that in 2014 the very same executive council voted against a motion denouncing ISIS for its atrocities against the Kurds and supporting the people of Iraq, would not be surprised by this appalling vote.

This biased, anti-Israel resolution once again demonstrates the double standard Israel is repeatedly and unfairly subjected to and the unrelenting effort to isolate the Jewish state. As the ADC has stated in the past, such boycotts will do nothing to promote the cause of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  Instead of building bridges and cultivating interfaith dialogue, the NUS has chosen the path of demonisation and vilification.

This discriminatory and distorted vote by a body which purports to represent 95 percent of all student groups in the UK will only further inflame the already toxic and antisemitic environment Jewish students have had to endure on campuses, and will dissuade moderate voices who believe in a negotiated settlement to the conflict from speaking out.

I commend those British government officials who rejected this divisive measure, and am heartened that the umbrella organization for British universities has rejected and discredited this ill-conceived boycott.”


One Response to “ADC slams UK students’ BDS move”
  1. Erica Edelman says:

    Hopefully this will be a short-term catastrophe. When people choose the behavior, they choose the consequences and it will appear all too quickly, that this was not a forward-thinking kind of behavior. Especially when it comes to forward-thinking university students. Radical behaviors such as this have never worked; good governments of the day soon put things into perspective and set things right – in this case in the light of ISIS atrocities. BDS seems like it may have got a foothold, but its just a matter (short matter) of time before it will all come crashing down. Nobody is buying all this BDS nonsense. At least not the people who matter.

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