For Immediate Release
February 22, 2016
Montreal, QC — Earlier today, McGill University students voted in favour of a motion urging the Students’ Society to support the campaign to boycott Israel. This was the third attempt to pass this type of resolution in the last 18 months. The first two motions were defeated by the student vote. In reaction, Reuben Poupko, member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs – Quebec (CIJA-Quebec), issued the following statement:
“The adoption of a motion to boycott Israel is a betrayal of reason and represents a denial of intellectual freedom. The campaign to boycott Israel is unproductive, divisive, and hateful. Far from advancing peace or the Palestinian cause, it undermines coexistence by demonizing one of the two parties in a complex conflict.
“Even worse, this campaign vilifies Israel and Jewish students on Montreal campuses. It is troubling that a university campus, a place that should embody and exemplify free thought, would stigmatize a group of people for holding a different point of view.
“This movement has been futile in its attempts to boycott Israel. McGill University has built and continues to build mutually beneficial partnerships with Israeli research institutions.
“We salute the efforts made by many students on campus, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, who campaigned in support of inclusion, freedom of thought, open dialogue, and the free exchange of opinions.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
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