More than 50 NYU groups pledge to boycott Israel

More than 50 student groups at New York University have pledged to boycott Israeli goods and academic institutions, and are urging the school's administration to join the cause.

Led by NYU Students for Justice in Palestine, the petition of support urges students to boycott brands such as Sabra Hummus and Hewlett Packard, boycott Israeli academic conferences and schools, and demand that NYU divest from Israeli companies. 

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The authors of the petition attempt to justify their view by labeling the military occupation of Palestine as a “manifestation of both settler colonialism and structural racism” while arguing that the “Israeli economy is built on and currently complicit with colonization, exclusion, and apartheid.” 

The petition also targets two student pro-Israel groups, Realize Israel and TorchPAC, both of which are dedicated to promoting support of Israel and strengthening the United States-Israel relationship.

Likewise, the petition urges students to boycott any “off-campus pro-Israel groups” including Birthright-Taglit, StandWithUs, Christians United for Israel, the Maccabee Task Force, Mosaic United, the Zionist Organization of America, and the Anti-Defamation League.

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“We support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement for Palestinian human rights as it is a non-violent method of resisting Israeli apartheid from abroad,” the petition states. “We call on NYU to divest its holdings from companies and funds that are complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine.”

“In just over a decade, BDS has blossomed to a global movement of religious organizations, academic associations, unions, and activist movements worldwide, and we are proud to be a part of this struggle for justice,” the document concludes. 

Clubs that endorsed the petition include NYU Mexican Student Association, NYU Sanctuary Student Taskforce, NYU Young Democratic Socialists of America, Black Students Union, NYU Against Fascism, Student Labor Action Movement at NYU, and many more.

Campus Reform reached out to the NYU administration to see if the school would consider divesting from Israel, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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