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Jewish and Palestinian students launch joint BDS campaign

The 'Bridges For Boycotts' initiative seeks to protest against Israel and build relations between Palestinian and anti-occupation Jews

Stephen is the Jewish News' Foreign Editor

A group of Jewish students in the UK have lined up with their Palestinian peers to support a boycott of Israel, in protest against Israeli policy in Gaza and the West Bank.

A dozen Jewish students have signed up to the #BridgesForBoycotts campaign, in response to the #BridgesNotBoycotts initiative begun by the Union of Jewish Students last month, which aims to counter Israeli Apartheid Week.

Holding signs declaring their support for boycotts of Israel were Jewish students from campuses such as Oxford and Glasgow, in a move organisers said would “support justice and dignity for Palestinians”.

The action was co-ordinated by new Jewish student group Jewdents, which includes the campaign team for York University student Eran Cohen, a pro-boycott candidate who ran unsuccessfully for UJS president last year. Jewdents also grew out of Jewdas, which describes its views as “radical” and “alternative”.

In a statement, a Jewdents spokeswoman said: “Palestinians are noticeably absent from the UJS campaign [but] #BridgesForBoycotts seems to have formed actual bridges.”

The spokeswoman said their pro-boycott campaign “is voicing what many centre-left Jews think but are too scared to do, that boycotts are an effective means for ending the occupation and the apartheid regime”.

She added: “In a few years we are confident that much of Anglo-Jewry will support some form of Israeli boycott. They’re just letting us tread the path first.”

Eran Cohen (L) poses with a Palestinian student, pro the pro-boycotts campaign

 

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