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February 27, 2013

Oxford Students Resoundingly Reject BDS Movement

Oxford students voted 69 – 10 to defeat a motion that would have required them to support and promote the economic and political anti-Israel warfare method known as the BDS movement.

By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus, JEWISH PRESS

Oxford University, the oldest university in the English-speaking world, is an exemplar of academic elite institutions. Tonight, February 27, the student leadership there voted to reject the motion to join in and promote the economic and political warfare anti-Israel effort known as the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

Students had been discussing the motion and voted in their own colleges in advance of tonight’s vote. “This boycott goes against everything the university stands for. The idea that we are not going to read your books or articles or hear your arguments on the basis of your nationality is ridiculous,” Henry Watson, a student at Magdalen College, a constituent college of Oxford, said. Magdalen College voted to defeat the motion 39-3, earlier this week.


The representatives of the affiliated Oxford colleges, who comprise the Oxford Student Union Organization, met in St. Edmund Hall tonight where the motion was put immediately to a vote. The motion was defeated, 69 – 10. There were 15 abstentions.

Had the motion passed, Oxford would have been required to recommend to Britain’s National Union of Students that they join the global BDS movement against Israel.

A representative of Brasenose College, Eylon Aslan-Levy, said, “Tonight Oxford students showed that their commitment to intellectual freedom is unshakeable. In rejecting calls for a boycott against Israel by a seven-to-one margin, we demonstrated resoundingly that we want Oxford to continue to cooperate with Israeli academics, trade with Israeli businesses and – yes – debate with Israelis in debating societies.”

Aslan-Levy was in the news earlier this week. He was slated to present the opposing side in a debate the topic of which was, “Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank.” When he began his response, his opponent, British member of parliament George Galloway, stormed out of the room upon learning Aslan-Levy is Israeli.

“I hope that other British universities will follow Oxford’s lead in standing up against divisive attempts to hinder academic cooperation and progress,” Aslan-Levy said.

Posted by Ted Belman @ 11:54 pm | 5 Comments »



5 Responses to Oxford Students Resoundingly Reject BDS Movement

  1. Eric R. says:

    They are still a campus full of Nazi Jew-haters in a country full of Nazi Jew-haters.

  2. NormanF says:

    Eric R. Said:

    They are still a campus full of Nazi Jew-haters in a country full of Nazi Jew-haters.

    That’s true – BDS is a set of propositions that in essence seeks to deny the Jewish people self-determination.

    Its racist and anti-Semitic to the core.

    Jews of all people should have no truck with anti-Semites and their ilk, no matter what the latter choose to call themselves. For Zionists, BDS is a red line.

  3. David Barrett says:

    Not Nazi Jew-haters – but for a classical university the BDS proposers are a bunch of ignoramuses who have latched on to a left wing do gooder scheme to satify their ego
    A FEW are real antisemites

  4. I still remember my shock on arriving from America to study in London in 1960 to see a brand of vegetables on grocery shelves called ” Little Nigger”, with an eponymous photo on the can (tin). What’s worse, nobody seemed to mind.

  5. steven l says:

    What is the lesson from the Oxford success that needs to be applied elsewhere?

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