BIG BOOST FOR BDS FROM CANADIAN STUDENTS

The largest student association in Canada passed a resolution endorsing the global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.
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Canadian Students Back Boycott Israel Movement

Largest Campus Group Passes Pro-BDS Measure

North of Border: Boycott Israel protests have been a staple of campus activities in California. Now, Canadian students have passed a pro-BDS resolution.
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North of Border: Boycott Israel protests have been a staple of campus activities in California. Now, Canadian students have passed a pro-BDS resolution.

By JTA

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The largest student association in Canada passed a resolution endorsing the global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.

With the passage late last week of the resolution, York University’s student association joins two others in Canada – the University of Toronto and Concordia University graduate student associations – in endorsing the BDS campaign, according to the York University Excalibur

The campaign calls for universities to divest from holdings in companies that do business with Israel and to cut ties with Israeli academics.

The vote by the council of the York Federation of Students was 18-2 in favor and was advocated for by the Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York.

Jewish student groups at York complained that they were not given advance notice of the vote and had little time to prepare an argument against the resolution.

In comments to the Excalibur, Safiyah Husein, a vice president of the York Federation of Students, portrayed the resolution as uncontroversial. “Indeed, not everyone supports reduced tuition fees, equity campaigns, or sustainability work, but we know the majority of our members believe this work is vital and important,” Husein said.

Chaim Lax, president of Hasbara@York, said his group was disappointed and called the resolution “fundamentally racist, and a possible violation of [York’s] anti-discrimination codes.”

The York Federation of Students resolution will have no actual bearing on the university’s investment portfolio.

“York University uses best practices in developing its policy on investments, and this is built on advice from major investment consulting firms,” York spokeswoman Janice Walls told the Canadian Jewish News.

The student federation represents over 52,000 undergraduate students at York, Canada’s third-largest university.

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6 Comments

  1. maggie said,

    April 1, 2013 at 19:23

    Sooo, let me get this straight. It’s RACIST to react negatively to sociopaths and sociopathic principal?

  2. Blake said,

    April 1, 2013 at 20:47

    Just a matter of time now. The students are the future generation.

  3. April 2, 2013 at 00:21

    have to start somewhere! May every human with an ounce of compassion for the Palestinian people who have had their homes destroyed and land stolen by these lying, murdering, terrorist thugs do all they can to support Palestine and its suffering people!

  4. April 2, 2013 at 17:54

    Thank God that there are still people and STUDENTS in Canada with a moral conscience and the moral backbone to speak out against waves of Israeli settlers and Israeli propaganda both trying to outdo each other in a relentless quest to morally justify the unjustifiable looting and confiscation of Palestinian lands.

  5. Canadian LOVE for other people in the world said,

    April 2, 2013 at 19:18

    why Oh why do the Israelis want to do to the Palestinians what the SS did to them during the world War did they not learn or are their heads to far up their asses to see the light at the end P.S. GOD is watching


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