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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Carleton fraternity holds walk to remember the Holocaust

Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), a fraternity at Carleton, organized We Walk to Remember, an event to commemorate Holocaust victims, on March 5.    Zachary Novack, a fourth-year geology student and member of AEPi, said the event is held internationally across the different chapters that are part of his fraternity, but this is the first time his chapter has organized one in Ottawa.   AEPi is an international Jewish fraternity and was founded in 1913, according to its website. The fraternity has 15 chapters across Canada, and 171 chapters across the United States and other parts of the world. Novack said the importance of the event was to remember and educate people about the Holocaust. He added the event is typically held on […]

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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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Letter: Anti-Semitism still exists

For me, being Jewish has not always been that easy. Growing up, I went to Jewish day school and lived in a predominantly Jewish area. I was able to flaunt my religion while being surrounded by people who celebrated the same holidays and understood completely what it meant to be Jewish. As I got older, I attended schools with only a few other Jews. I faced anti-Semitic remarks for the first time in my life and got a glimpse into what the world is really like. As a university student, I did not advertise my religion. I refused to wear my Star of David necklace around campus. I would not bring up being Jewish in a conversation unless I had […]

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RRRA elections targeted by racist and homophobic attacks

University safety has identified a student in connection to a series of complaints around hateful vandalism that occurred during the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) elections. All three slates in the election filed a report Feb. 19 detailing times and locations of several instances of campaign material destruction and racist and homophobic graffiti on posters around campus. In conclusion to an investigation that involved Equity Services, Student Affairs, and the department of university safety, a male student was identified through surveillance tapes and, after questioning, was found responsible for some of the vandalism, according to university safety community liaison Mark Hargreaves. While no criminal charges have been laid, Student Affairs director Ryan Flannagan, with a role in disciplining actions that […]

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