The UWA decision to approve this appeal states that no subordinate body of the parent union can endorse BDS, thus affecting not just NYU but also graduate student unions at over 15 universities, including other unions in the United States who have also passed similar pro-BDS resolutions.

The organization “Informed Grads” based at the University of California, where UAW also overturned a pro-BDS decision, thanked the parent union for “tolerating academic and cultural discrimination against union members based on national origin and religion, and vilification against Israelis and UAW members who are of Jewish lineage.”

“This significant ruling shines light on what the BDS Movement is truly about, as BDS undermines academic freedom and efforts toward peace and coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians,” they said. Back in April, when the NYU student union had conducted the pro-BDS vote, the University’s President Andrew Hamilton himself had expressed opposition to the decision as well. “A boycott of Israeli academics and institutions is contrary to our core principles of academic freedom, antithetical to the free exchange of ideas, and at odds with the University’s position on this matter, as well as the position of GSOC’s parent union,” he said in a statement at the time.
“NYU will not be closing its academic program in Tel Aviv, and divestment from Israeli-related investments is not under consideration. And to be clear: whatever ‘pledges’ union members may or may not have taken does not free them from their responsibilities as employees of NYU, which rejects this boycott.”