Oxford Student Union to vote on boycotting Israel
Oxford's Student Union is voting on boycotting Israel next week, and with the motion seemingly set for failure, the supporters are already making excuses
According to the report,
both the motion's promoter and the person who seconded it have received
threatening emails, prompting the latter to withdrawn his support and
the former to ask that her name not be publicized.
The BDS movement urges a boycott
of Israeli exports as well as any firms – British and international – that do business in or with Israel.
Some BDS supporters have also disrupted
cultural events involving Israeli performers.
Last week, the Oxford Student Union gave its colleges two
additional weeks to debate the issue, after most failed to come to a
Henry Watson of Magdalen College told the Guardian that "People
thought it was a question of supporting Israel or Palestine or
supporting peace. The boycott goes against everything the university
idea that we are not going to read your books or articles or hear your
arguments on the basis of your nationality is ridiculous."
Magdalen College voted 39-3 against the motion, Watson said.
At least there are some academics around who are still intellectually honest enough not to shut Israel out entirely.
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