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 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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Carleton community reacts to diversity report

The Jewish Community: Faculty members who identify as Jewish are anything but unified in their reaction to the report by Carleton’s Commission on Inter-Cultural, Inter-Religious and Inter-Racial Relations on Campus. Aviva Freedman, director of the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies at Carleton, said she supported the commission’s findings and criticized a perceived double standard present at Carleton. “[I]t is clear that both Jewish students and faculty have been experiencing what used to be called ‘a chilly climate’ on campus,” Freedman said via email. “People are very comfortable condemning Israel but there is very little tolerance for those who support Israel.” Brenda Carr-Vellino, a self-identified Jewish English professor, acknowledged that student debates on the Israel-Palestine conflict can get […]

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