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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Letter: SAIA exercised democratic freedoms

In late January, Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) put up some posters on campus which accurately conveyed the racist and violent attitudes held towards Palestinians by certain Israeli political leaders. Yet, employing a hitherto unknown form of reasoning, Israel Awareness Committee (IAC) vice-president Michael Aarenau concluded that the placing of these posters “can only be described as a hateful smear campaign against any student who believes in a Jewish State.” Furthermore, he insisted that SAIA “seeks to quash all meaningful dialogue by launching hateful campaigns that push peace farther away and seek to delegitimize the State of Israel’s right to exist.” Mr. Aarenau’s invocation of “peace” and “dialogue” is entirely cynical. The kind of peace which he and the IAC […]

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Letter: SAIA poster campaign shuts down meaningful dialogue

After four years of studying at Carleton, I’ve grown accustomed to the usual campaign rituals of being stopped in the Atrium by overly-excited candidates looking to get my vote and knowing that no matter where I walked, I simply couldn’t avoid “campaign fever.” What I wish I could have avoided, however, were the barrage of shameful posters put up by Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) in what can only be described as a hateful smear campaign against any student who believes in a Jewish State. The posters in question were intentionally hung up in zones that were reserved only for Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) candidates, and showed pictures of Israeli government ministers with quotes that had been twisted or […]

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Letter: Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel can’t be justified

RE: Letter: The Israel-Palestine conflict is a humanitarian issue, Oct. 22-Nov. 4, p. 10 Haneen Al-hassoun began her letter regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict on a point that most people would agree with, that the violence currently occurring in the region is unsettling, and the situation in the West Bank is unsustainable for the Palestinians residing there. The problem is that the writer shifts the blame entirely on the Israeli leadership for these predicaments and further justifies the terrorist actions of those committing these heinous crimes. Violence was incited from the very beginning by the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, when he stated that Israel planned on taking complete control of Al-Aqsa Mosque (an ancient holy site for Jews […]

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Israeli Apartheid Week draws out discussion on campus

Organizers of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) at Carleton said the March 3-7 series of events, which have drawn contention in the past, have so far been a great source of discussion on campus. “During this week we try to speak about the nature of apartheid, and what it is,” said student Aziz Khatib, member of Carleton’s Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), hosts of the week. “We’ve been having great discussions with people who have come to our events, and who come to our volunteer tables,” Khatib said. The goal of the events is to bring awareness to an “apartheid” system in Israel and to promote a campaign for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel, according to the IAW website. Khatib […]

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