Letter: The BDS movement is about justice for Palestine

RE: SFUO’s support of BDS is disriminatory and harmful, Nov. 23-29 Earlier this month, the Israeli Awareness Committee (IAC), a Zionist campus group, blocked a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) resolution presented by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO). The IAC is literally a pro-Israel lobby group; it refers to itself as “Israel’s voice on campus,” and it works alongside the Israeli Embassy and others to promote the Israeli government to students, and to build support for the government’s actions. The BDS movement, on the other hand, is a call to action from Palestinians who seek justice, equality and self-determination. It is a global campaign which uses targeted, non-violent measures against companies with ties to the Israeli government, […]

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Israeli Apartheid Week closes with panel critical of Harper government

The second-last event of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) featured professor emeritus Michael Keefer at the University of Guelph speaking on March 6 about what he called the Harper government’s rhetoric of the “New Anti-Semitism.” Keefer’s panel addressed how IAW has been controversial for the 10 years it has run. It also examined why students continue to fight for IAW and how they face opposition in the form of what Keefer said is the “new anti-semitism.” Keefer defined the “new anti-semitism” is the opinion that IAW and similar events draw disproportionate attention to alleged human rights abuses in Israel, relative to other countries facing similar allegations. He pinned this viewpoint to Harper. In his panel he opposed the viewpoint, drawing the […]

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