- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 24, 2013

Students at Oxford University are set to vote Wednesday on whether to boycott Israeli companies and products.

The Oxford University Students’ Union will decide on a motion backing the boycott of Israel, which would be tabled at the National Union of Students conference in Sheffield, England, in April. The motion calls on the student body to join the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, “in protest at Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and its hindrance of attempts to create a Palestinian state,” The Guardian reports.

The boycott follows after anti-Israel MP George Galloway’s hurried and highly criticized exit of a debate on Israel after discovering that his opponent was an Israeli citizen.

The BDS movement urges a boycott of Israeli exports, including vegetables, fruit and Dead Sea beauty products, and of firms that do business in Israel, such as Caterpillar, security firm G4S and waste management company Veolia, according to The Guardian.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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