BDS in Sweden.


By suzanna
October 5, 2011
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More than 200 students, professors and lecturers across Sweden have signed on to a growing academic boycott call demanding that Swedish universities not participate in any academic cooperation with Israeli educational institutions. They also called on the Swedish government to “act [towards] the cessation of the [European Union’s] research support to Israel.”
The public boycott call, initiated by the Action group for the Boycott of Israel at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, follows similar boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns across Europe and the world — including the recent move by London student unions to support the boycott, as well as the nation-wide academic boycott move in South Africa after the University of Johannesburg’s severing of ties with Ben Gurion University in March. The action group’s call adds:

The boycott is not aimed at individuals but against institutions. So far no Israeli academic institution has dissociated itself from Israel’s apartheid policy or the discrimination of Palestinians in Israel. Therefore all collaboration with Israeli academic institutions should be stopped, the signatories say. [The action group] demands that KTH shall cancel its ongoing agreement with Technion, the leading Israeli technical university. Technion has close collaboration with the Israeli military forces. As an example it may be mentioned that Technion is developing new types of drones for the destruction of Palestinian houses … Researchers of Technion act as advisors to Israel’s military and the university collaborates closely with Israel’s biggest weapons producer Elbit.

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Advis3r

Wed, 10/05/2011 - 12:53

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It’s intriguing to read BDS organizers as they talk about their plans for the year, as this muppet does here. Not because their words are amusing or threatening, although I did crack a grin when this muppet talked about “Israel's apartheid policy,” tell that to the thousands of Arab students in Hebrew University, Haifa University etc or the thousands of Arab patients and medical staff who are treated and who work on equal footing with their Jewish counterparts in Hadasseh Sharei Tzedek or Rambam Hospitals to name but three or the Arab Chief Justice in the Supreme Court or any of the other 1.2 million Arab citizens of Israel who enjoy freedoms as of right that Tunisians Egyptians Libyans and Syrians have had to pay for with their lives to obtain and still do not have - but because their claims of victory ring so hollow for example in this case despite her claim that Johannesburg University has severed ties with BGU. The truth is that relations have been restored when the powers that be at the University recognized the error of their ways and that they in fact would be the losers by cutting of ties. See http://www.spme.net/cgi-bin/articles.cgi?ID=8231
This muppet also lies like a rug about the drones - the ones Israel uses to destroy terrorist infrastructure with pin point accuracy (in order by the way to reduce the incidence of civilian casualties) but which she lyingly terms Palestinian Houses. It seems when you become warped it just goes down hill from there on - but hey suzanna whoever you are why let the truth get in the way of your pathetic attempts to delegitimize Israel.


suzanna

Wed, 10/05/2011 - 12:57

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Your vitriol suggests that you are spooked by the international BDS movement.


suzanna

Wed, 10/05/2011 - 12:59

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The Swedish students follow the English based ones:

The University of London Union (ULU) has voted 10-1 to institute and campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in support of Palestine. The motion called for “thorough research into ULU investments and contracts” with companies guilty of “violating Palestinian human rights” as set out by the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC).

Ashok Kumar, Senate member for LSE, speaking in favour of the motion, argued, “We have precedents for boycotting campaigns at ULU, especially with South Africa and the boycott campaign over Barclays bank, that supported the Apartheid regime. We are now responding to the Palestinian call for civil action in support of their fight against racism.”

The motion also called on other students’ unions to join in the campaign for Palestinian human rights. ULU is the largest students’ union in Europe with over 120,000 members from colleges across London. ULU senate consists of the presidents of the 20 students unions reprsenting every University of London University. James Haywood, President-elect at Goldsmiths Students’ Union, stated, “We are delighted that this motion has passed, and with such a clear vote as well. We have seen throughout history that boycotts are a crucial nonviolent tactic in achieving freedom, and target institutions, not individuals.”

Stated in the overwhelmingly passed motion in support of BDS, the ULU not only affirmed its intention to boycott Israeli products, companies and institutions “that profit from or are implicated in, the violation of Palestinian rights,” but resolved to promote student union resolutions “condemning Israeli violations of international law and human rights and endorsing BDS in any form.”

The ULU also agreed to engage in public education campaigns highlighting Israel’s policies of discrimination and apartheid.


Harvey

Wed, 10/05/2011 - 14:08

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Unfortunately Suzanna , your bds resolve does not extend as far as the technology you use to pump out this bilge . Why not grow a pair and have the courage of your convictions and throw away your lap top , iPhone , iPod , land line etc .
Your life is enriched on a daily basis in ways you could not even begin to dream of by a plethora of Israeli products and services .
But no matter , keep plugging away at the beauty potions and oranges while the Israeli economy goes stratospheric .
Your so called humanitarian cause is built on lies and deception . The reality is a land which subscribes to every tenet of the UN founding charter ie freedom of political and religious expression . Freedom from want , the right to work , the right to education . The right to a full and fruitful life etc .
You would like to think yourself a humanitarian but you are not .For if you were you would be standing outside every Arab embassy every day to protest the monstrous abuse of human rights which is taking place right now throughout the middle east and of course that arch enemy of humanity , Iran . You are anything but a humanitarian for if you were , you would have stood alongside israel when the psychopaths were murdering innocent Israeli citizens before during and since the intifadas .
No suzanna , you and your fellow miscreants are nothing but unreconstructed racists and anti-Semites who mask their hatred behind the catch all anti Zionist label
But you will be fine . You will convince yourself that israel is the font of all evil while Assad murders his citizens , Libya becomes a feudal state run by war lords and Lebanon by terrorists .
One day when you are older and wiser you might wake up from your madness but somehow IDoubt it


Advis3r

Wed, 10/05/2011 - 14:17

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Spooked by muppets? Now that's an interesting theory.


Advis3r

Wed, 10/05/2011 - 14:25

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Fight against racism? You mean the call to make Palestine Jew free or maybe even this www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBFBvceJvIU
Suzanna you are such a muppet even Miss Piggy is ashamed.

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