Community-University Talks Endorses McGill BDS Action Network

As a collective of students and community members committed to the pursuit of accessible education, C-Uni-T strongly endorses the McGill BDS Action Network and its support of the 2005 Palestinian Civil Society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel until it meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with international law. Our mission is shaped by anti-colonial and critical race precepts that make it an obligation to stand up for injustice and in solidarity with those faced with colonial oppression. Justice in Palestine can only be achieved by dismantling the colonial apparatus of the State of Israel, including the three specific demands of the BDS movement that Israel (1) ends its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantles the Wall, (2) recognizes the fundamental rights of Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality and (3) respects, protects and promotes the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194. Our commitment to centering the diversity of experiences and strengths of Black communities is wholly consistent with supporting the right of colonized people to liberation. We understand the decolonization of Palestine as linked to the struggles of other people and Peoples, including the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island, to self-determination. The indivisibility of justice means that we must link these struggles together. In support of the BDS action network, we call on McGill University specifically to meet its ethical obligation to divest from companies that benefit from the illegal occupation of Palestine.

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