NUS vote to boycott Israeli goodsBy Editor
The National Union of Students has moved to boycott companies with Israeli sympathies, as well as products made in the country.
During Monday’s National Executive Council Union representatives passed the motion, after the vote resulted in 23 for the ban, 18 against, as well as one person abstaining.
An NUS spokesperson has said:
"The motion passed today by our national executive council commits us to ensuring that, as far as is practical, NUS does not employ or work with companies identified as facilitating Israel's military capacity, human rights abuses or illegal settlement activity, and to actively work to cut ties with those that do.”
The news follows Turkey’s recent cutting of businesses that have ties or have given funding to the Israeli government. In regards to higher education, it follows 2009’s boycott that was passed by The University of Sussex’s student union.
The Sussex blacklist, which was won with 56% of the vote, meant that companies like Coca Cola and Nestle had their products removed from campus, which could be the outcome of the recent NUS vote.
The controversial motion to pass the ruling was attempted several times in the past, and may cause a rift between the 7 million members of the union.
However, the spokesperson has stated:
"NUS also reaffirmed our commitment to raising awareness of and combating all forms of racism including but not limited to, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism that may and have occurred in response to recent events in Israel and Palestine.”
However, the Union of Jewish Students has released a statement, articulating a great unease. Referring to the act, a representative said: “NUS NEC have passed a policy that will only divide student groups, undermine interfaith relations, and suffocate progressive voices for peace on both sides.”
It is unclear what the consequences of the recent ruling will be, but the Student Guide will keep you informed of any updates.