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: 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: 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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Students Against Israeli Apartheid posters taken down

Posters featuring images prominent Israeli politicians were taken down after being put up on the designated wall space for Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections material. The posters, put up on Jan. 25, displayed figures such as the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Minister of Justice Aleyet Shaked, as well as four others, above controversial statements made by each individual. The group Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) claimed responsibility via Facebook. Simon Hunt, Deputy Electoral Officer of the (CUSA) election, said only approved campaign material can be posted in the executive postering area. “The SAIA posters that were found in CUSA elections space were taken down because they were unrelated to CUSA elections. Posters in those spaces […]

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Publication criticizes Canadian schools for being anti-Semitic

The Algemeiner, an American newspaper focusing on political, social, and cultural events in the Jewish community, recently published a list of the U.S. and Canada’s worst schools for Jewish students. The University of Toronto (U of T) and McGill University respectively ranked third and fourth in North America.The ranking was supplemented by two studies, which found 54 per cent and 75 per cent of Jewish students had witnessed or experienced anti-Semitism on American campuses. To compile this list, the newspaper stated they considered several factors, such as the occurrence of anti-Semitic incidents on campus, the number of groups in opposition or support of Israel, and the availability of Jewish resources. The publication also interviewed experts, campus activists, and students to […]

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