Well, what a surprise. A leftist organization jumps on the bandwagon of a leftist cause.

Jonathan Marks of Minding the Campus reports.

Student Workers Vote to Support the Israel Boycott

The UC Student-Workers Union represents “over 13,000 student-workers across the University of California system.” They are affiliated with the United Auto Workers. The union exists to bargain with the University of California concerning “salary, benefits, workload, grievance procedures, fair hiring processes and other issues.” On Wednesday, the union announced that its members had voted, 1411 to 749 to “join the global movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” against Israel.

In accordance with this resolution, the union will call on the University of California and the United Auto Workers to divest from Israeli state institutions and from companies complicit “in severe and ongoing rights human rights violations as part of the Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people.” They are the first union in the United States to vote to support BDS.

Others have explained why the BDS movement is not merely a call for solidarity with Palestinians or to end the occupation but a call for the end of Israel as a Jewish state. If you don’t believe them, just listen to boycott activist, Lara Kiswani, who explained on a panel organized by UC Student Workers that BDS is “resisting colonialism in Palestine, and colonialism entails all of occupied Palestine from Haifa to Jerusalem to Ramallah.” Or “Bringing down Israel will really benefit everyone in the world and everyone in society, particularly workers.”