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Student BDS Conference


01/09/2018 - 02/09/2018    
11:00 am - 6:00 pm


University of Manchester Students Union
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR

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National Student BDS Conference 2018

Join the National Student BDS Conference for an opportunity to gain key tools and techniques to end your university’s links to Israeli apartheid through powerful and direct Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigning!


Israel’s system of unjust power continues to intensify, and life for Palestinians under occupation is reaching breaking point. Israel’s nation state law officially codifies its long-existing apartheid system against Palestinian citizens of Israel, illegal settlement expansion continues to swallow up Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and Palestinians in Gaza have yet again been massacred with impunity during the Great March of Return – all of which is made possible by the complicity and funding of government’s like Britain’s, and of our own institutions and universities.

As Israel seeks to consolidate its grip over Palestinian land beyond the point of no return, the need to accelerate and strengthen our campaigning is more crucial than ever. The Palestinian-led BDS movement has proved the most effective tactic for global solidarity. This conference will provide the tools to build forceful BDS campaigns on campus that can collectively expose and help end UK universities’ complicity with Israeli apartheid.

The weekend in Manchester will provide an opportunity for students across the UK to come together, meet and learn from one other, with workshops covering: the essentials of BDS, research into University investments and collaborations, framing the BDS case on campus, pro-active campaigning, social media workshops and how to produce a winning formula to achieve University divestment.

BDS is a global movement initiated in 2005 following a call from Palestinian civil society for the international community to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel as a non-violent means to pressure Israel into complying with international law and human rights conventions.

Students in the UK have been at the forefront of BDS campaigning for years. UK Universities facilitate and profit from Israel’s militarism, making them complicit in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people. This can occur through their investments, research collaborations, lobbying and selling Israeli goods on campus.

Spaces are limited and registration is mandatory, reserve your place now!