University of Leeds: Implement Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel
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The below signed call on the University of Leeds to answer the call from Palestinian Civil Society and implement a policy of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the State of Israel until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights.
In light of Israel’s persistent violations of international law (including settlement building and the construction of the Apartheid Wall on occupied Palestinian territory), its entrenched system of racial discrimination against Palestinian citizens and its continued siege on Gaza, we demand that the University of Leeds impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.
The University of Leeds claims to hold social responsibility as one of its key values. If this is true, we demand that it be put it into action by publicly divesting all assets from companies who help sustain Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land and its brutal apartheid regime. We also demand that the University implement a cultural boycott of all events or projects involving Israel, its lobby groups or its cultural institutions and refuse to accept any funding from the state of Israel.
These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:
1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
More information on the call for BDS can be found here: https://bdsmovement.net/what-is-bds
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