Charity Commission investigates growing support for BDS

The UK’s Charity Commission is investigating concerns that 17 student unions now support a boycott of Israel, reports the BBC, and will take “regulatory action” if necessary.

Student unions must not discriminate against other students “of a particular faith or race”, says David Holdsworth, who works for the commission.

Devora Khafi, a student at Queen Mary University in London, told the Victoria Derbyshire show that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) is stoking a climate of hostility on campus, which is not peaceful.

Read: UK students ‘disciplined’ for BDS support

Student unions in Belfast, Birkbeck, Brunel, Essex, Exeter, Goldsmiths, Kings College London, Kingston, Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester, SOAS, Strathclyde, Sussex, Swansea, University of Arts London and UCL have all passed motions endorsing the boycott.

The movement supports freedom, justice and equality for Palestinians yet attempts to smear the organisation and put an end to anti-occupation activism have included accusations that it is anti-Semitic.

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