A union representing seven million students in the United Kingdom reaffirmed its commitment to the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel on Thursday, after failing to consider an emergency resolution on the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah.
The National Executive Council of the National Union of Students passed Motion 103, which decries “70 Years of Injustice” for Palestinians and calls for solidarity with the Palestinian people’s “right to return to their homes, as enshrined in international law.”
The language echoes the call for a “right of return” for Palestinian refugees of the 1948 Independence War and their five million descendants into Israel, which critics say would effectively transform Israel into a Palestinian-majority state.
The resolution — proposed by Black Students’ Officer Ilyas Nagdee — also accused the Israeli military of murdering “over 60 Palestinian protesters, including women and children,” on May 14, when Hamas-led rioters congregated by the Israel-Gaza barrier in support of the “right of return.”
Some demonstrators were filmed throwing rocks and firebombs, burning tires, and flying flaming kites into Israeli territory. The Israeli military said others opened fire on its soldiers or attempted to place improvised explosive devices along the border. The IDF released footage of what it said was a thwarted attempt by eight armed Hamas terrorists to cross into Israeli territory.
A top Hamas leader later said that of the day’s fatalities, “50 of them are from Hamas and 12 from the people,” and called these figures “official.” The Iran-backed terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad separately claimed three other fatalities.
Amendment 103a to the resolution — proposed by Izzy Lenga, NUS vice president of welfare — sought to delete its expression of support for the BDS campaign and instead endorse “the right to self-determination of the Jewish and Palestinian peoples, encouraging efforts to bring about peace and dialogue through Two States for Two Peoples.”
That clause was not approved, although Amendment 103b — proposed by NEC member Joe Cox — went through.
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