A win for BDS : Concordia undergrads say Yes to BDS! –

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BDS WINS!!!!

Concordians, we are SO overjoyed to tell you that all of our combined dedication, passion and determination has paid off!!!

Despite tough opposition, we did it! We thank you on behalf of the Palestinian people who we are in solidarity with – thank you!

The unofficial results were released a few minutes ago that BDS for Palestinian Human Rights won at Concordia University’s CSU referendum last week!!!!!!!!!!!

We have been given the official go-ahead by the CEO to give you the news & the official results will be released after 7 p.m. tonight.
Here is the initial tally from the Chief Electoral Officer:

https://www.facebook.com/csu.qc.ca/posts/1001394086541246

BDS Ballots have been counted and here are the official results:

Yes – 1276
No – 1067
Abstain – 237

Thank you everyone for your participation.

Photo: Demonstration in Solidarity with Gaza, Montreal, July/August 2014.
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Response to ‘selective outrage’: Vote against selective history

Op-ed by GSA BDS Committee member:
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(source: Mohammed Shurrab Photography)

On Nov. 25, vote for sanctions against Israeli institutions

We graduate students voted with our conscience in January 2013, voting yes to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel’s occupation of Palestine. In doing so, we learned that making an educated decision about BDS means not letting a selective history blindside you. Last week’s op-ed “BDS and the CSU: a story of selective outrage” by Bradley Martin was a great example of the selective omissions and common myths propagated by those opposing BDS. These myths need to be debunked so that a more comprehensive history can emerge.

First, Israel’s occupation does relate to us as students. For example, our tuition dollars are complicit with Concordia’s bilateral agreement with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, which assists in the development of tanks and technologies reinforcing the occupation and wall dividing Israel and Palestine. BDS does not condemn Israeli individuals, but rather such particular institutional relationships that make us complicit with Israel’s violations of international law—just as the boycott campaign against South Africa did not target South Africans, but the institutions supporting apartheid. Continue reading