Union votes against bias on MidEast

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

UNI­VER­SITY COL­LEGE Lon­don’s Jewish so­ci­ety has won a favourable re­sult fol­low­ing a ref­er­en­dum on the is­rael-pales­tinian con­flict.

ucL union’s first gen­eral meet­ing of the year asked mem­bers to vote on the ques­tion: “should your union re­frain from mak­ing a state­ment that con­demns or sup­ports ei­ther side of the is­rael/gaza con­flict?”

more than 300 stu­dents at­tended the meet­ing, with 212 vot­ing in favour of the union ab­stain­ing from com­ment­ing on mat­ters in the mid­dle East.

Dan sher, Jsoc co-pres­i­dent, said: “af­ter a week’s hard cam­paign­ing, the moderate ma­jor­ity on cam­pus spoke up and voted in favour.

“it is a re­ally great boost for is­rael/ gaza pol­i­tics on cam­pus, as ucL union has si­lenced the ex­trem­ist mi­nor­ity to­day.

“hope­fully this will be a sign of things to come on other cam­puses around the uK.”

the re­sult of the vote could make anti-is­rael groups’ plans to se­cure cam­pus boy­cotts or sanc­tions against the Jewish state “close to im­pos­si­ble for the fore­see­able fu­ture”, said mr sher.

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