York University Graduate Students' Association Endorses BDS Campaign

York University Graduate Students' Association Endorses BDS Campaign 
TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - In a momentous vote that adds to the growing 
list of student unions in Canada, York University's Graduate Students' 
Association (YUGSA) voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to endorse 
the global campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against 
Israeli apartheid. 
The resolution was drafted in response to the 2005 Palestinian civil society 
call for BDS as a means to pressure the state ofIsraelto comply with 
international law and end its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza; to allow 
Palestinian refugees their internationally guaranteed right to return to their 
homes and villages; and to grant equal rights to Palestinian citizens of 
Israel. 
"With 29 votes in favor and 7 opposed, the Graduate Students' Association's 
Council passed the resolution to endorse the BDS campaign, specifically urging 
the University to withdraw its investments from Hewlett Packard, Northrop 
Grumman, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and other companies profiting from 
Israeli human rights violations, war crimes and oppression," said Wangui 
Kimari, VP Campaigns of the YUGSA executive.YUGSA represents over 6,100 
graduate students at York University, Canada's third largest University. 
This resolution passed in the midst of the latest Israeli bombing campaign in 
Gaza, which had reportedlytaken the lives of 16 Palestinians, including 3 
childrenat the time of the vote. "It is important for organizations to not 
pretend to be neutral while profiting from human rights violations. And we, as 
students, need to take a stand against apartheid wherever it exists, from 
Canada to Palestine," saidMona Ayyoub a Students Against Israeli 
ApartheidYork(SAIA York)member. SAIA York plans to continue to educate 
the York University community about the BDS campaign and is working on a 
petition to encourage York University's undergraduate students' union, the 
largest students' union in Canada, to endorse the BDS motion later this school 
year. 
Hammam Farah, Students Against Israeli Apartheid York,416-669-8144 
saiayork@riseup.net Wangui Kimari, VP Campaigns, YUGSA, 647-460-5821 
campaigns@yugsa.ca 
SOURCE: YORK UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION 
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