Australasian Union of Jewish Students

Monash overwhelmingly rejects BDS

Monash overwhelmingly rejects BDS

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students has welcomed the Monash Student Council's rejection of the highly offensive and unproductive Boycott Divestment Sanctions propaganda movement.

The rejection of BDS, which came after extensive AUJS advocacy, was overwhelming. Just 4 councillors voted in favour, 2 abstained, and 11 voted against.

Over 90 AUJS members attended today's meeting, ensuring the voice of Jewish students was clearly heard.

By Aujs / September 04, 2014

Tags / BDS Israel

"Today's move represents a through rejection of the hateful and unproductive BDS," AUJS political affairs director Matthew Lesh said.

"BDS incorrectly blames one side, doesn't support a two-state solution, or encourage the necessary ongoing dialogue.

"Moreover, targeting Jewish businesses represents borderline on antisemitism, and is in every sense impractical," Mr Lesh continued. 

"Israeli technology is ubiquitously integrated into our lives, from our computers to USB sticks, that simply cannot be boycotted.

Monash student Julian Kowal, who spoke on behalf of AUJS at the meeting, said that the debate turned nasty as Jewish students were called "f--king Zionism scum", and falsely accused of being paid by the Israeli government and serving in the IDF.

Members of the former Monash Socialist Alternative Club, who undertook the offensive activity, were requested to leave the meeting to allow other students to speak.

"The proponents of BDS have no interest in peaceful dialogue or positive outcomes in the Middle East," Mr Kowal said.

"All they seem interested in doing is causing alienation of Jewish students on campus, and throwing around insults."

Today's rejection of BDS comes just two days after Monash Clubs and Societies deregistered Socialist Alternative, severely limiting their access to university resources.

The deregistration was in response to AUJS complaints about an antisemitic rejection of Jewish students from a Socialist Alternative event.

"This deregistration comes after years of Socialist Alternative harassment and intimidation of Jewish students on campus, ranging from yelling insults at kippah-wearing students, to one case of late-night physical assault," Monash Jewish Students' Society president Byran Ladowsky.

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commented 2014-09-07 17:58:23 +1000
More Hasbara LIES from Jarred Halftone commented 2014-09-07 01:31:52 +1000.

HAMAS has been around long before & has noting to do with ISIS.
Hamas aim is to liberate Gaza from world’s largest open air prison, lift the siege opening the borders establish and airport and sea port so people of Gaza can live like all free people of the world.

Your linking of Hamas & ISIS is to sure up support for Israel dirty genocide and get away with murder of little children .

• radical Islamist
• reign of terror, medieval spirit
• force Sharia laws
THESE savages

These loaded terms may frighten ignorant morons who are not familiar with the regions and are likely to believe you blatant LIES.
Facts are that Jews Christians and Muslims have coexisted for 1000’s years before the invention of fascist Zionism in Israel
The truth is the rabid right wing settler loonies are the ones who try and burn down Christian churches to drive out Christian Palestinians

I don’t agree with Hamas firing rockets indiscriminately, but the IDF repeated targeted assassinations indefinite detentions is clear provocation for the rockets.
I also don’t agree with Israel’s disproportion indiscriminate collective punishment and murder of innocent civilians mostly children.

Your claim Israel invented all things computing is over inflated, fact is many Asian Tech companied dispute Israel claim to USB stick

Just more Hasbara lies

Your justification of murder of 2200 incl550 children is truly repulsive with its eugenics white supremacist racist overtones, in that “you are so clever and have right to murder people as you wish”!!

Boycott cannot reverse purchases already made from Israel manufactures. The intent is to cripple future income to Israel by seeking alternative from alternative markets.

That’s the beauty of the free market people have a choice where they ethnically spend their hard earned cash.
commented 2014-09-06 21:57:12 +1000
What a load of horseshit form a pack of fascist that murder 2200 incl550 children & we are not to condemn or Boycott such a barbaric atrocity because it will offend the zionist! #fuckisrael #BDS