Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.
Following a year-long campaign led by students and BDS Australia, together with Palestine solidarity activists, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology confirms no longer has any partnerships with Israel’s largest private weapons company.
The Students’ Representative Council motion expresses "solidarity with the Palestinian people living under an Apartheid state" and supports the Palestinian call for BDS "to achieve freedom, justice and equality for Palestinians."
The 6,000 members of the Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) "know that Elbit Systems markets its weapons around the world, including to other oppressive regimes, as 'battle-proven' and 'field-tested,' and that "they are the subjects of those tests."
Statements in support of Palestinian rights, many advocating for BDS, have been endorsed by more than 350 academic departments, programs, centers, unions and societies and garnered nearly 24,000 signatures from scholars, researchers, students and university staff worldwide.
The academics say the award ‘serves to legitimize and normalize Israel’s colonial violence and apartheid’ against Palestinians as Israel actively blocks the delivery of vaccines to millions of Palestinians.