Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid has called upon the UK government to condemn the decision by the National Union of Students (NUS) to join the BDS movement.

Lapid, the leader of Israeli party Yesh Atid, called for the action after NUS’s National Executive Council voted on Tuesday, for ‘ Justice for Palestine’, with an amendment which included Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions.

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MK Yair Lapid said, “I call upon the British government to condemn this move which only serves to stir up hatred and which undermines any hope for diplomatic progress. The decision by the NUS to join the BDS movement is hypocritical and one sided, it fails to even mention terrorism and the firing of rockets against Israel. How can an organization which refuses to condemn the brutal terrorists of ISIS but calls for a boycott of Israel be taken seriously?”

Lapid, who will be visiting the United Kingdom later this month, stressed that he would act on the matter and said, “At the end of the month I will be visiting the UK. I intend to raise the issue with the government and leading opinion leaders so that we can fight against this. Yesh Atid sees the fight against attempts to boycott Israel as a top priority in the international arena.”