Belgian student body backs academic boycott of Israel

By JTA
May 31, 2013 23:15

 
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THE HAGUE — A Belgian student association voted in favor of an academic boycott of Israel.

In a vote last month, the general council of the Federation of French-speaking Students in Belgium, or FEF, adopted a motion calling for “a freezing of relations with Israeli universities,” the Belgian newspaper Le Soir reported Wednesday. The motion was supported by 85 percent of voters.

The resolution is not binding on Belgian institutions of higher education.

In an interview published Friday, FEF President David Mendez Yepez told Le Soir that his organization had kept the April 13 vote secret until now “to address people who would have been shocked or startled by our position.” Some 500 delegates voted, he said.

FEF represents some 100,000 students from 25 institutions.

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