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Prestigious Oxford University to vote on Israel boycott

By Mason White 1:24 PM February 25, 2013
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By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A prestigious university in the United Kingdom will vote this week on whether to join the Israeli boycott, according to press reports in the United Kingdom.

Students of the University of Oxford this week will vote on a controversial move to boycott Israel, after a tumultuous week that has seen the hate mail increase, accusations of racism and leaving a furious debate by parliament member George Galloway, who stormed off saying he does not recognise Israel.

The Oxford University Student Union, will meet on Wednesday to finally decide on a motion on whether to support the boycott of Israel, their companies and institutions.

The motion, will be submitted to the National Union of Students conference in Sheffield in April, in which students are asked to join the boycott, divestment and sanctions or BDS, to protest Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and its attempt in blocking the creation of a Palestinian state.

Both the proposer and seconder of the motion have received threatening emails. The seconder withdrew its support and the proposer has requested that her name not be disclosed.

The BDS movement calls for a boycott of Israeli exports, including vegetables, fruits and beauty products from the Dead Sea, as well as companies that do business in Israel, such as Caterpillar, security firm G4S and transportation management company Veolia. Some BDS supporters have disrupted cultural events related to Israeli artists.

Last week, OUSU schools gave a period of two weeks to discuss the issue after most were unable to reach a decision.

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