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Oxford University students to vote on Israel boycott despite threats
Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:44AM
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Students at Oxford University will vote on a motion to boycott the apartheid regime of Israel this week, despite the proposer and seconder of the motion having received threatening emails.


The Oxford University Students' Union (OUSU) will meet on Wednesday to vote on a possible boycott of the Zionist entity, its companies and institutions, in protest against the regime’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories and its continuing human rights violations.

The motion, which would be formally presented at the National Union of Students conference in Sheffield in April, urges the student body to join the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel over its unfair treatment of defenseless Palestinians.

According to the reports, both the proposer and the seconder of the motion have received threatening emails, leading the seconder to withdraw his support. The proposer also demanded that she remains unnamed.

Last Wednesday, British Respect MP George Galloway walked out of an Oxford University meeting demanding the Israeli regime’s immediate withdrawal from the occupied West Bank, after he discovered he was debating with an Israeli.

“I refused this evening to debate with an Israeli, a supporter of the Apartheid state of Israel,” Galloway said in a statement after the debate.

“The reason is simple: no recognition, no normalization. Just boycott, divestment and sanctions, until the Apartheid state is defeated. I never debate with Israelis nor speak to their media. If they want to speak about Palestine, the address is the PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization],” he added.

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