The Graduate Student Union (GSU) at the University of Toronto endorses the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. (file photo)
The Graduate Student Union (GSU) at the University of Toronto has joined the international campaign to boycott Israeli products in protest to Israeli apartheid.
The GSU issued a statement on December 10 saying that 97 % percent of its members voted for boycotting products from illegal Israeli settlements built on occupied lands in a bid to end the complicity of the Canadian university in the violation of Palestinian rights.
The statement also said that “this (boycott) includes any company that profits from the illegal occupation of Palestinian land such as BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Hewlett Packard.”
According to reports, graduate student unions at other Canadian universities including York University, University of Regina and Carleton University in Ottawa also joined the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign which started on July 9, 2005 by 171 Palestinian non-governmental organizations to protest Israel's illegal settlement in the Palestinian territories.
Israeli settlements are considered illegal by the UN and many countries, since those Palestinian territories were captured by Israel in the 1967 war, and are therefore subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.
A number of industries have sprung up in illegal Israeli settlements, with a range of products, including cosmetics, beverages and plastics.