Top university votes to ban contact with Israeli institutions

In a week of balloting, students and staff at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London – one of the UK’s top universities – voted to boycott contacts with all Israeli academic institutions in line with the BDS campaign, writes Jerry Lewis for The Jerusalem Post.

The results led to partying on the central London campus and a request to the university authorities to sever their links with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The ballot had been organised by the students’ union on advice from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement as part of Israel Apartheid Week, and encompassed not only students but also any academics and non-teaching staff who wished to participate.

In all three groupings, the results were in favour of a boycott – 1,283 students voting for a boycott, with just 425 against, a 75% to 25% split. Among the 300 participating academics, the margin of victory was significantly smaller; they voted 60% to 40% to support the proposal, while 91% of the 40-plus support staff who voted favoured the BDS line.
Full report on The Jerusalem Post site