Letter: SFUO’s support of BDS is discriminatory and harmful

Earlier this month, Jewish and pro-Israel students in Ottawa were shocked to learn of a motion by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) to endorse the movement to “boycott, divest from and sanction Israel (BDS).” While BDS portrays itself as a non-violent form of protest, its founders reveal its main goal: to eliminate Israel as a Jewish state. This is documented by BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti on numerous occasions, including an interview with The Electronic Intifada, when he said his advocation of “the return for (Palestinian) refugees would end Israel’s existence as a Jewish state.” By bringing the pro-BDS motion forward, the SFUO sent a highly charged and negative message to Jewish and pro-Israel students. The BDS movement […]

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Letter: You can’t love others if you don’t love yourself

Everyone wants to feel wanted. Everyone wants to feel accepted. Everyone wants to be loved. As humans, we crave the intense feeling of affection. Little do we know that it has to come from within. When you look in the mirror what do you see? Do you pick out things that you hate and would change? Or do you see something beautiful, something you love every inch of and would not change for the world? Most people would say they despise their reflection in the mirror and can pick out all of their flaws. We are taught that falling in love is everything. There are chemicals in our brain that show love is literally like a drug. Once we become […]

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Opinion: Jewish students were left out of Panda

Panda Game is one of the most awaited days of the entire Carleton University school year. It is the day when the University of Ottawa Gee Gees face our Carleton Ravens in a legendary football game. For the last four years, Carleton has brought the cup home along with immense school spirit. It is a holiday, a school-wide gathering, and a celebration all wrapped into one. However, this year, the Panda Game happened during a real, United Nations-recognized holiday: Yom Kippur. This holiday is the holiest day of the Jewish year. It is a time when Jewish people fast all day to repent their sins and enjoy a big, festive dinner with their families in the evening. But how will […]

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Letter: Stifling free speech ends productive discussion

September means the start of the school year. It also means a host of kickoff events at universities across the country. Ryerson University was set to hold an academic event about free speech with contentious professor Jordan Peterson on Aug. 22, but cancelled it. According to the National Post, it was due to activists on Facebook threatening violent disruption and Ryerson claiming to lack the security personnel to deal with the protestors. The cancellation of this event does not come as a surprise. Peterson has been taking heat for his criticism of political correctness—in particular, his refusal to address students by their preferred pronouns. This has been happening since September 2016 when he released the first installment of a three-part […]

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Letter: Londoners showed resilience

Seven people killed, 48 people injured, one senseless act in London. And I was minutes away from the London Bridge at the time. Any one of those people could have been me or one of my friends. Normally when a terrorist attack happens, we hear about it on the news and it’s awful but it does not directly hit home. It is usually an ocean away therefore it is a distant, depressing thought. This past summer I went on an exchange to a beautiful castle in England through the Bader International Study Centre. It was located two hours outside of London and on weekends my friends and I would travel to cities around Europe. On June 3 my friends and […]

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