Harvard University student newspaper ‘proudly supports’ the BDS movement

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The Harvard University student daily announced its support for the BDS movement. (Picture: file)

The Harvard University student daily has announced its support and endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against the Israeli occupation, making it one of the most significant steps taken by an American university against the occupation.

Harvard Crimson’s editorial board announced in its article yesterday that it now “proudly” supports the BDS movement, stating that “we are proud to finally bring our support to both Palestinian liberation and BDS – and we call on everyone to do the same.”

The newspaper’s editorial board admitted that where it had previously taken a “skeptical” stance on the issue, it has now moved on to fully support the BDS campaign, insisting that “the weight of this moment – violations of human rights and international law by Israel and Palestine crying out for freedom – requires this step”.

This shift in mentality, he said, was made possible through the education campaigns and artwork presented by the university’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Launched in 2005, the BDS movement advocates boycotting Israeli products imported from the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank, as well as boycotting and divesting from companies that deal with or have contracts with the ongoing occupation.

Struggles for and against the movement have been seen in universities across Western countries, especially in the United States, and have led such leading institutions as Columbia University, the University of Manchester and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to pass resolutions and adopt measures in support of BDS.

(MEMO, PC, social media)

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