Canadian Students Vote for Israel Boycott

U. Windsor Jewish Students Report Harassment

wikipedia

By JTA

Published March 04, 2014.
  • Print
  • Share Share

Students at the University of Windsor in Ontario passed a referendum supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel.

The resolution, which passed on Saturday, will force the University of Windsor Student Alliance to cut ties with companies said to do business with Israel including Costco, Sears, Home Depot and Canadian Tire, and to look into whether their investment portfolio has any ties to the Jewish state, according to the Lance, the school’s student newspaper.

“We let all students voice their concerns on this issue, and so we feel that it makes a stronger statement.”

Mohammed Almoayad, president of the school’s Palestinian Solidarity Group, told the Windsor Star. “We are very proud.”

But one of the members of the group campaigning against the referendum said its passage has caused a hostile environment on campus for Jewish and pro-Israel students.

“Unfortunately, the University of Windsor is not a safe place for Jewish students anymore, “ David, who did not share his last name out of safety concerns, told the Star. “With this BDS campaign, you don’t feel safe if you have a kippah or even a T-shirt with Hebrew letters on it.”

When referendum voting began last week, student council member Jake De Jong had his office ransacked and a Star of David and the word “Zionist” spray-painted on a “Support Our Troops” banner hanging on the wall of his office. Police are investigating the incident.

Alan Wildeman, Windsor’s president, said the university was investigating the referendum process and its potential outcomes after receiving several complaints.

“The University of Windsor will be uncompromising in its commitment to continue to be a place that is welcoming and safe for all students,” Wildeman said in a statement.

The referendum passed with 798 students in favor and 585 opposed. The total undergraduate enrollment at the university is around 14,000.

While several student councils in Canada and the United States have approved similar resolutions, a student-wide referendum is highly unusual.

In 2012, the university’s campus library removed three globes from display after Israel was scratched of its surface, according to the Lance.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • This is what the rockets over Israel and Gaza look like from space:
  • "Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies. Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim, “the redemption of captives,” and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings." Do you agree?
  • Slate.com's Allison Benedikt wrote that Taglit-Birthright Israel is partly to blame for the death of American IDF volunteer Max Steinberg. This is why she's wrong:
  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
  • Not a gazillionaire? Take the "poor door."
  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.