'Condemning Israel’s “brutal” military occupation and grave human rights abuses, the Union of Students in Ireland voted to join the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian rights.
The union, which represents approximately 374,000 students in higher education across the country, resolved to boycott Israeli institutions which are “complicit in normalizing, providing intellectual cover for and supporting settler-colonialism” and to lobby Irish universities to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s rights violations.
It also affirmed the right of return for Palestinian refugees expelled by Israel and declared that the BDS campaign “is a strategy for effective solidarity, not a dogma or ideology and certainly not an attack upon Jewish communities or individuals.”
“The students of Ireland have today made the historic decision to support the people of Palestine,” said Michael Kerrigan, president of the Union of Students in Ireland.
The same week INTO – the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation – the largest teachers union in Ireland – unanimously adopted a motion calling on the union to address Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinian children and to develop solidarity with Palestinian schools, teachers and trade unions.
The motion also mandates union leaders to “raise the issues of the treatment of Palestinian children with the relevant government departments.”'
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