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: 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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Hate crime laws cited against Israel boycott groups

Student groups and legal experts said they aren’t worried about the federal government using hate crime laws against them, after a federal spokeswomen cited it when asked to clarify the government’s “zero tolerance” policy toward groups supporting the Israel boycott movement. The Conservative government signalled its intention to use hate crime laws after CBC reporter Neil Macdonald emailed Public Safety Canada asking to clarify what a “zero-tolerance” policy for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement meant. A reply from Josée Sirois, a spokesperson with the agency, cited hate crime laws found in the criminal code. Dozens of students groups on campuses across the country participate in the movement, including the York Federation of Students, the McMaster Students’ Union (MSU), and […]

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Letter: Israeli Apartheid is a matter of law, not opinion

RE: “SAIA misinforms about Israel”   In the Charlatan’s last issue, a letter written by Andres Gallacher claimed Students Against Israeli Apartheid-Carleton (SAIA) “misinforms about Israel.” Gallacher seemed incensed that a group on campus might have an opinion different from his own, an opinion that is becoming an enduring consensus: Palestinians have human rights. As members of SAIA, we would like to deconstruct the core claims of Gallacher’s letter. Regarding the allegation SAIA “attempts to shut down debate,” we contend there’s no group on campus that  has faced more repression, including vandalized and banned posters, physical assaults, and many attempts from faculty, student, and outside lobby groups to constrain our discussions of Palestinian human rights. The first argument in the […]

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