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Oxford Students Reject Israel Boycott

Ynet World News, among numerous other international news agencies, reported that Oxford University students voted 69 – 10 to defeat a motion that would have required them to support and promote the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Oxford’s constituent colleges held their own votes prior to the Student Union’s vote, and the majority of colleges also rejected the boycott proposal. The February 27th vote sends a clear signal that University students (unlike certain MPs) will not allow other students or anyone else to be marginalised based on their nationality.

Egypt and Isaiah 19

With all that has unfolded in Egypt, I was not surprised to hear from ministries that focus on current events and biblical, end-times eschatology. What got my attention, however, was how two very independent ministries from the U.S. and Israel both drew specific focus to Isaiah 19:2-4, implying the passage was experiencing a present-day fulfillment. At first glance, Isaiah’s prophecy seems very appropriate to the current situation. But, as hermeneutic practice dictates, it became very clear that this passage is not necessarily all that it is being promoted to mean in terms of a present fulfillment of an ancient prophecy.

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