A large number of students at one of Latin America’s top-ranked universities have voted to back the Palestinian campaign calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).
At the Potifical Catholic University of Chile, the student federation, which is elected from the institution’s 25,000-strong student body, passed the measure by 372 with 20 abstentions.
The motion was put forward by the Organization of Solidarity with Palestine and calls for the university to end two cooperation agreements with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Institute of Technology – Technion. The motion was put forward because of the two institution’s complicity with Israeli violations of international law and Palestinian rights.
The Organization of Solidarity with Palestine said, “After weeks of campaigning, awareness raising and debates it is with great joy and honor that we announce that the motion [supporting BDS] was approved.”
“We are very proud of having been the motor for such an important effort for Palestine and humanity at large,” it added.
The federation added that its next step would be to call for the university’s higher council to act on the motion.
Earlier this month, Palestinian academics urged students and faculty at the Pontifical Catholic University to support the cause to end the university’s relations with Israeli universities due to their involvement in Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.