Britain’s National Union of Students voted on Tuesday to join the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
By a vote of 19-14, the organization representing some 600 student unions across UK, approved a motion condemning Israel’s military presence in Yehudah and Shomron and called to “coordinate a nationwide student day of action to commemorate U.N. Palestine Solidarity Day on 29 November.”
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon downplayed the news, saying it had no practical significance and merely repeats sentiments voiced in the past by the same body.
“Instead of voicing hatred toward Israel it would be better for British students to study a little history and understand that the distance is not that great between verbal hatred and stereotypes and horrible crimes,” he said.
Britain’s Union of Jewish Students (UJS) decried the vote, saying it “divides student groups, undermines interfaith relations and suffocates progressive voices for peace on both sides.”
“It is disturbing that supposed representatives of students throughout the UK have joined a movement that at the core is not progressive or constructive in supporting two states for two peoples,” the UJS added.