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Ontario Students Pass BDS Resolultion

The Ontario branch of the Canadian Federation of Students unanimously voted to boycott Israel

By: Daniel Koren

Published: August 22nd, 2014 in News » World

Ontario Students Pass BDS Resolultion

Just days after 4,000 members of Toronto’s Jewish (and non-Jewish) communities rallied together to prove they will not be silent in the face of growing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, Ontario’s branch of the Canadian Federation of Students – representing some 300,000 students – unanimously passed a resolution to boycott the State of Israel.

Anna Goldfinch, one of the group’s executive members, said that the resolution “endorses a number of solidarity tactics that have been called for by Palestinian civil society,” as reported by the Canadian Press.

In joining, the student union now endorses the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Israel movement (better known as BDS), a movement that has been gaining rapid speed in the wake of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

While the movement may be deemed as ‘political’, and not part of growing anti-Semitism that has been wreaking havoc around the world, this can still be disputed. In Belfast, for example, dozens of anti-Israeli protesters, in joining the BDS movement, raided a supermarket and removed all products they believed to be Israeli while shouting “‘free Palestine from the river to the sea.”

Whether or not the demonstrators are aware, this is actually a Hamas slogan that advocates the elimination of Israel.

One of the BDS movement’s biggest supporters is the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a group that, on August 20th, shouted anti-Semitic insults and punched a pro-Israel student in the face during an orientation event at Philadelphia’s Temple University.

This prompted a member of CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) to pen an op-ed about the SJP’s influence in university campuses, an excerpt of which you can read below:

SJP historically bullies pro-Israel students and invites vehemently anti-Semitic speakers to campus under the pretenses of “dialogue.” But its activities have done far more than just harass Jewish students. Rather, they use the false language of “human rights” and “social justice” to get various student groups to assist their struggle for such causes. SJP lies to the LGBTQ, feminist, and African American communities, as well as many other minority groups, claiming that it sympathizes with their struggle for legitimacy against “white, cis-gendered male” communities that stand in their way. Thus, these groups take part in SJP events and call out any pro-Israel student who offends them.

What many of these minority groups fail to recognize, however, is that the “Palestine” that SJP defends is not only anti-Semitic, but also misogynistic, homophobic, racist, anti-Christian, and fascist. SJP defends a place where women are subject to honor killings, where members of the LGBTQ community face persecution, torture, and death, and where Jews are not allowed to live, build homes, and purchase land. SJP does not discuss these injustices, nor do they care when Hamas murders opponents and drags them through the street. In SJP’s mind, none of this matters, because “Israel is the oppressor.” Such deception, manipulation, and lies have led to the collegiate community tolerating SJP.

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