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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SAIA hosts Israeli Apartheid Week

Carleton’s chapter of Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) is hosting Israeli Apartheid Week at Carleton from March 13 to 18.  Samiha Rayeda, the volunteer, outreach and programming co-ordinator at the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), one of the sponsors of the week, said the goal of the week is mainly education and to “encourage students at Carleton and students all over the world to participate and support Palestinian solidarity.” She said she hopes the week will open discussions around the issue of Palestinian human rights and added the response to the week is “generally very positive.” According to the event’s Facebook page, Israeli Apartheid Week seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s policies towards Palestinian people and to build support […]

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Government condemns BDS movement

On Feb. 22, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals overwhelmingly approved a Conservative motion condemning Canadians who promote the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel. The motion called on the Canadian government to “condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad,” which it describes as promoting the “demonization and delegitimization” of Israel. The motion passed by a vote of 229-51. Two Liberals voted against it. New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Tom Mulcair criticized the Liberal government’s decision. “This goes against the freedom of expression we hold so dear in our society,” Mulcair said in a press release. On the same day, McGill University’s student body voted […]

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Getting involved on campus: A guide to Carleton’s clubs, societies, and sports

When frosh week ends on Sept. 6, first-year students will be leaving rigorously scheduled activities, vibrant positive energy, and communal spirit behind to chart their own university experiences. However, frosh week isn’t just a week of fun—it’s an introduction.  The diverse clubs and societies active at Carleton allow students to experience the best aspects of frosh week—organization, passion, fun, and community—year round, without all the cheering. First-years, this is your guide to some of the many groups at Carleton with which you can get involved after frosh week. Common Interest Clubs Common interests are the foundation of lasting friendships in university. There are clubs at Carleton whose only membership requirement is passion for a particular activity, whether it’s anime, dance, origami, […]

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Kosher food coming to Carleton cafeteria

Kosher food is planned to be in the Carleton residence cafeteria Dec. 11, according to Scott Goldstein, director of Hillel Ottawa. Food is considered kosher when it meets dietary restrictions under Jewish religious law. Restrictions include refraining from mixing dairy with meat, and having meat prepared in a particular way. Goldstein said the trial is thanks to the initiative of one student, Lewis Novack. Novack, a third-year biology student from Halifax, said that when he arrived at Carleton campus he noticed halal and vegetarian options but no kosher options. He said trekking to the Loblaws on Baseline Road that has kosher food is a real hassle both in terms of time and money for students, especially considering many have already paid […]

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