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Sussex University Students Vote to Boycott
By Michael Holder
PSC, November 14,
On November 5, 2009, students at the University of
Sussex, England, voted to boycott Israeli goods. The decision follows the
Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, which
calls upon the Israeli state to respect international law and end the
occupation of Palestine.
In a campus-wide referendum, 56% of students voted in favour of the
The referendum was held by the University of Sussex Studentsí Union
(USSU), which represents the institutionís 11000 students.
Goods from Israel will no longer be stocked in USSU shops on the
university campus, and USSU will be lobbying the university administration
to observe the boycott.
Tom Wills, USSU President, said "Israel has broken more UN resolutions
than any other state. No other Western-backed democracy has committed such
egregious violations of international law, but the international community
has failed to hold Israel to account.
"Sussex was one of the first universities to boycott South Africa during
apartheid, and we hope that this will help kickstart an international
movement on a similar scale to put pressure on Israel to end its oppression
of the Palestinian people.
"We call on students at other universities to table boycott motions in
their own unions."
Earlier this year the Israeli attack on Gaza triggered a resurgence in
student activism in the UK, with a wave of sit-in protests at universities
including Sussex. The student boycott comes after the Trades Union Congress
(TUC) backed a boycott of Israeli settlement goods in September.
USSU currently also boycotts Coca-Cola and Nestle in protest at unethical
business practices by those corporations.
For further information and comment:
University of Sussex Students' Union
USSU Communications Officer
T: +44 (0)1273 87 3347 (Monday-Friday
Tom Wills, USSU President
(0)1273 87 3350 (Monday-Friday 09.30-17.30 GMT)
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British Activists Kick off Week-Long Boycott Against
Illegal Israeli Settlement Products
Monday November 09, 2009 02:05 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
Part of the international Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement,
the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in the UK has implemented a week-long
boycott against several large supermarket chains in the UK that carry
The week-long boycott is targeting the Waitrose and Morrisons supermarket
chains, in an attempt to pressure the stores to discontinue the sale of
fruits and vegetables grown and processed on the illegal Israeli settlements
in the Palestinian territory of the West Bank -- settlements that have been
deemed illegal under international law, as they are constructed on land
illegally confiscated from the indigenous Palestinian population by military
The activists say that they have tried other tactics, such as
petitioning the stores to stop selling what they call 'apartheid products',
but the stores' managers have been unresponsive. One of the stores,
Waitrose, released a statement saying that the produce is grown on farms
where "a Palestinian and Israeli workforce have worked side by side for
But the Palestine Solidarity Committee says that such a
statement is entirely disingenuous, given that the farms in question are on
Israeli settlements, built on illegally confiscated Palestinian land, and
that there is no equality between the Palestinian workers, who are forced to
work in the settlements because their own economy has been destroyed by the
The British activists cited documentation of the
conditions on Israeli settlement agricultural plantations, documented in
reports of the Israeli human rights group Kav LaOved.
the evidence compiled by Kav LaOved, the settlements are built on stolen
land and are irrigated by water stolen from the Palestinians, Palestinian
children as young as 12 work on settlement farms, Palestinian workers in
Israeli Settlements earn less than 50% of the minimum wage, and sometimes as
little as five US cents an hour, and Palestinian settlement workers receive
no holiday pay, pensions or sick pay.
In addition, Palestinian
workers require permits to work, which can be removed if they complain about
their conditions or ask for a pay rise. Israeli workers do not require work
permits. Palestinian workers must travel through Israeli barriers and
checkpoints every day in order to get to their place of employment, then get
home again. Queues of workers start forming at checkpoints as early as 2am,
with little or no shelter provided for those in line. Israeli workers are
free to move around the Palestinian West Bank without restrictions, and
special roads, which Palestinians are forbidden to use, have been built for
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign's week of actions include
demonstrations outside stores, and mass, co-ordinated phone calls to the
management of both stores on Wednesday.
The group is part of an
international movement boycotting what they call Israeli apartheid practices
of discrimination and segregation against the indigenous Palestinian
population. The movement compares Israel's practices to the 'apartheid'
system implemented by white South Africans from 1948 - 1994, in which black
and mixed race South Africans were forced to live in certain areas, carry ID
cards and discriminated against by a number of apartheid laws.