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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Letter: Discussions on Israeli policies lack balance and context

While reading the pieces that have appeared in the Charlatan over the past few years that discuss Israel, I was struck by two serious problems with how we often approach this weighty topic on our campus: the stubborn blindness to antisemitism on the part of Israel’s critics, and the conspicuous absence of the word “Holocaust” on all sides of the debate. Unless we can remedy these deficiencies in how we communicate, then Jews will continue to feel targeted and an open, productive discourse on Israel will never occur. One particularly contentious issue in this paper has been Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), which promotes divestment from companies that operate in Israel and its territories. Some Jewish students have written that this […]

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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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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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Letter: Students should create dialogue, not conflict

During Israel Apartheid Week, which begins in Canada on March 3, the Israel-Palestinian conflict will take university campuses by storm. Unfortunately, this time won’t be marked by students attempting to engage in dialogue towards realizable solutions to this extended conflict. Rather, it will be defined by hatred, vitriol, aggression, and alienation. While it is a political conflict, it becomes profoundly personal for many of those involved and as in any personal matter, emotions and tensions run high. However, as today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders we are embarrassing ourselves by continuing to engage in divisive campus politics, rather than co-operating towards peace, both on campus and abroad. On Feb. 24, Odai Horani, a 2013 candidate for CUSA president, posted a video […]

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