FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2014
Cal Students for Justice in Palestine congratulates UAW 2865 for declaring its intention to join the burgeoning global movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli occupation
Roi Livne, UC Berkeley Students for Justice in Palestine
On Monday July 28, 2014, the Joint Council of UAW 2865, the labor union representing the graduate student workers of the University of California, responded to the call of hundreds of Palestinian labor unions and civil society organizations to boycott, divest, and sanction (BDS) the Israeli occupation. This is an important moment for the union, the University of California, its students, and the entire U.S. labor movement. It comes in the midst of a ruthless Israeli attack on Gaza, which has so far resulted in the massacre of more than 1,400 Palestinians. Cal Students for Justice in Palestine congratulates the Joint Council for standing with justice and for joining force with an ever-growing number of people, movements, organizations, and institutions that have committed themselves to the BDS strategy to end the occupation of Palestine.
The Joint Council’s declaration is unequivocal in recognizing that like any other native population in the world, all Palestinians deserve to live free of oppression in their land. Since 1948, Israel has systematically denied this right to Palestinians: during and after the 1948 war, it worked to minimize the number of Palestinians living in Palestine through ethnic cleansing, land confiscation, racist immigration laws, political persecution, and mass imprisonment.
By joining the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the Joint Council confirmed that one cannot resist apartheid and racism in one part of the world and remain complicit in another. The Joint Council’s declaration affirms its commitment to a borderless solidarity with the Palestinian people, and emphasizes UAW 2865’s staunch support of justice and resistance to oppression across UC campuses and throughout the world.
We commend the Joint Council for its declaration and call on UC graduate students of all backgrounds, faiths, and nationalities to endorse BDS when it is brought for the membership’s approval.