NYU Graduate Student Union Adopts BDS Resolution

A Pro-Palestinian demonstrator carries placards reading 'Keep calm and boycott Israel' on the Republique square in Paris, ahead of a banned demonstration against Israel's military operation in Gaza and in support of the Palestinian people, on July 26, 2014

Haaretz reports: A graduate student union at New York University passed a motion supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel on Friday.

The resolution was backed by two-thirds of voters with over 600 union members participating in the vote, the Graduate Student Organizing Committee, which represents more than 2,000 graduate teaching and research assistants at NYU, said.

According to the resolution, the union will continue to support the boycott until “Israel complies with international law and ends the military occupation, dismantles the wall, recognizes the rights of Palestinian citizens to full equality, and respects the right of return of Palestinian refugees and exiles,” a statement on the union’s website read.

The resolution called for the union and its parent, the United Auto Workers, to divest from Israeli companies and for NYU to close its program in Tel Aviv University, which it said violates the university’s non-discrimination policy.

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