GMIT Students’ Union has officially joined the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which calls for an academic, cultural, and economic boycott of the state of Israel.
The motion, which was proposed by the GMIT Palestine Solidarity Society, was passed unanimously last month by the Class Rep Council, the representative body directly elected by GMIT students.
The BDS movement, called for by Palestinian civil society in 2005, advocates non-violent punitive measures against Israel until it complies with the precepts of international law towards Palestine. This consists of ending its occupation of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall; recognising the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
“We hope this is just the beginning of our union becoming more vocal against global injustice at home and abroad, of which the Israeli occupation of Palestine is an exceptionally serious example," Michael Kerrigan, president of GMIT Students’ Union said. "The SU is currently working on a programme to enforce the BDS policy throughout Students’ Union facilities, ensuring Israeli goods are not sold at our outlets”.