National Union of Students condemns Israel in landmark vote

National Union of Students condemns Israel in landmark vote
# 02 December 2012 01:53 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Britain’s National Union of Students (NUS) has voted unanimously to condemn Zionist regime of Israel for its aggressions against the Palestinian people and its apartheid siege of the Gaza Strip, APA reports quoting Press TV.

The landmark vote by the NUS, which represents 7 million students in Britain, was achieved after years of campaigning within the NUS to shift its position as far as the Israeli regime’s occupation of the Palestinian territories is concerned.

The NUS National Executive Council voted to “condemn [Israel] and call for an immediate end to the siege on Gaza” in response to an Emergency Motion entitled 'Israel's assault on Gaza must end'.

Aaron Kiely, NUS Black Students' Officer, and proposer of the Emergency Motion elaborated on the decision to enforce the vote.

“Today's decision by the NUS NEC to support Palestinian human rights is a massive step forward for our national union. I am proud that the British student movement is united in fiercely condemning Israel's murderous assault on Gaza which resulted in the killing of over 180 Palestinians, and injuring more than 900 others”, said Aaron Kiely.

The NUS Black Students' Officer lauded the ceasefire brokered by Egypt in the Gaza Strip but said: “Israel's aggression against the Palestinians in Gaza continues as we speak”.

“The siege on Gaza, now in its fifth year, is nothing less than collective punishment of the 1.7 million Palestinians trapped on a tiny piece of land, in what the United Nations describes as "an open air prison", added Aaron.

“After five years of sitting on the fence, the NUS has for the first time sided with peace and justice by voting to condemn and call for an immediate end to the siege on Gaza. We must build on this decision moving forward, and continue to show our solidarity with the Palestinian people until this siege is lifted, the occupation ended and justice is achieved”, said the NUS official.