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50 New York student groups back BDS

University students attend a rally in solidarity with Gaza in New York, US on 11 April 2018 [Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency]

Fifty student groups at New York University pledged to back the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on Monday.

Students for Justice in Palestine, NYU Jewish Voice for Peace, the African Student Union, the Malaysian Students Association, Asian American Women’s Alliance, Black Students Union, and the Muslim Students Association are amongst the student groups which have voiced their opposition of Israel’s ongoing “campaign of ethnic cleansing” against Palestinians.

The groups committed to “boycotting Israeli goods and goods manufactured in the Occupied Territories, except for those manufactured by Palestinians”. They also agreed not to co-sponsor events with the NYU’s pro-Israel clubs and Israeli academic institutions.

“We call on NYU to divest its holdings from companies and funds that are complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine,” the groups said in a joint letter, adding that they “are proud to be a part of this struggle for justice”.

Read: Israel government moves to gag professors who back BDS

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