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Sussex Uni boycott of Israel receives international support

Josh Jones | 13.11.2009 10:27 | University Occupations for Gaza | Education | Palestine | Social Struggles | South Coast

Students at the University of Sussex have received messages of support from Palestinian grassroots organisations and Israeli and Jewish academics, following a decision by ballot to boycott Israeli goods.

The decision has received support from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, the grassroots Palestinian committee formed out of the campaign to boycott Israel in 2007. Speaking on behalf of its 23 member organisations, a spokesperson said that Sussex’s decision was significant as part of the international movement:

‘The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) salutes Sussex University students for their decision to boycott Israeli goods.

‘Student movements played a key role in ending Apartheid in South Africa. Today, we call on students across the globe to boycott Israeli products and divest from Israel until it complies with fundamental human rights principles and international law.’

Meanwhile, Jewish and Israeli academics critical of the occupation of Palestine have shown their support. The scholar Norman G. Finkelstein commented, 'It is heartening that Sussex students are actively engaged in ending the inhuman and illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.'

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don't be shy

13.11.2009 14:41

Hey don't be shy folks - God or Bog hates a blank comments page! Let's have some discussion here!


Who is and who isn't, that is the question!

13.11.2009 16:30

hi discus, the problem that I find is that people are quite ignorant of the issues, so info nights, films and discussions are good for informing people of whats actually happening there. So well done to the SU. The other thing I find is the dis-info from the israeli goverment has been that effective that people get very nervous about the subject for fear of upsetting certain people. Now that Shlomo Sands has written his book and had it translated I would think discussions are gonna be raging for while now. All the best


nothing happening here

14.11.2009 12:41

But discussions aren't raging - why don't these people ever post? I've certainly never seen any "disinfo from the isreali government" here. Why don't they post their opinions then?