An anti-Israel motion adopted by the university and college lecturers union could be outlawed by proposed new government legislation.
Delegates at the University and College Union’s (UCU) congress in Glasgow confirmed their full support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in a right to boycott motion.
The motion was titled “Israel oppression and the right to boycott” and was implies Israel is worthy of boycott because it is comparable to Nazi Germany.
It read: “Congress believes that civil society boycotts have an honourable tradition from anti-slavery campaigns through boycotts of Nazi trade to isolation of Apartheid South Africa.”
However, the UCU’s legal counsel warned it could fall foul of the incoming UK Government’s proposed BDS and Sanction Bill.
The proposed bill would ban BDS to prevent further boycotts against Israel. It also follows a 2019 Conservative Party manifesto commitment to prevent local authorities from “adopting their own approach to international relations”. This move, pro-Palestine activists say, is in place to help businesses profiting from apartheid Israel.
If the proposed bill passed, the motion would be “void” as it would in effect ask members to break the law.
Read more at: Jewish Chronicle
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